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Georgia O'Keeffe's Series 1, No. 8

Georgia O'Keeffe's Series 1, No. 8

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Do you like how you look down there? I mean really, really like how you look? If not, don't worry — you are not alone. Lots of women struggle to fully appreciate the pure beauty of their vajayjay. I remember the first time I was ashamed of how my lady peach looked; it was nothing like the light pink ones I had seen in AOL chatrooms' pictures as a teen. Why would it? I'm an Afro-Latina with fairly brown skin. Mine would be the albino outlier of Afro-Latina peaches if it were an all-pink extravaganza.

But no one tells you when you're growing up that vaginas come in all kinds of shapes, colors, and sizes. No one tells you that your vagina is the most beautiful, perfect piece of anatomy that ever existed in the entire world. No one tells you that you should love how she looks, and be proud of all that she does for you. Nah. Instead, we learn that she's a monthly hassle and can get you in real trouble if you aren't careful. That she must be constantly cleaned, waxed, douched, plugged, neat, dry, and on alert for stranger danger.

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It's so upsetting that the vagina has been a victim to the same, bad marketing campaign for the past 4,000 years. Who's fault is this? And why the hell is it still on loop like a Pitbull jam from '06?

The answer is big and messy and I can't possibly get to the bottom of it in a single post — but I CAN encourage you to ignore the hype and really and truly embrace yours. To help you get started, I asked a few of my friends to share their journeys with reconnecting to their vaginas by drawing them.  It took some courage, and my sworn oath to not publish their names (they got day jobs, yo), but there wasn't a single participant who came out of this experiment without a huge smile and a newfound appreciation for herself. Check them out. Share them. And join in on the fun. It's time to #loveyourladypeach!

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Breonna Rodriguez is a Founding Creator and love and relationships blogger. When she's not writing for Vivala.com, you can find her at zenfulie.com.