The Australian “Tharunka”- Magazine put out a nice article about how labiaplasty relates to Female Genital Cutting. In the end they are not so different after all. Of course it makes a difference if you perform surgery on non-consenting minors or on adult women, but ultimately its often done for the same reason: beautification. To put it in their words:
If all motivations are stripped to their rudimentary reasoning, female genital surgery in and out of the West both stem from an identical basis.
And it gets problematic if women in western societies grow up with the wrong standards. Do these adult women really always know what they are doing? When the ask for surgery to correct what seems to be “freakish”, when in fact it is totally normal.
I thought I was a freak and I was desperate for him to never see me naked. Now I’ve had it (labiaplasty) done and I now know what a ‘normal’ vagina looks like, I wish I’d not wasted the $4500 getting it done. I was actually very ‘normal’ all along. I’m so bitter and angry with society that myself and other girls are being caused so much psychological damage for something that is completely unnecessary.”