Recommended Vulva Books

Posted On: December 26, 2021

Some of you might know that I actually have an Asian vulva photo book in partnership with award-winning photographer Kelvin Lim.

I thought I’d make a list of the books that celebrate our vulvas that you might like to check out.

1.  A Celebration of Vulva Diversity – A book by The Vulva Gallery

This book aims to open up the conversation about a topic that is still surrounded by taboo and shame. By showing diversity, educating ourselves on anatomy and sexual health and openly talking about our experiences and our insecurities, we can change the way we look at our bodies – and the bodies of others.

Let’s celebrate this wonderful part of the human body!

Pink Book with text A Celebration of Vulva Diversity

Image Description: Pink Book with text A Celebration of Vulva Diversity

2. Femalia by Joani Blank

Thirty-two full-color photographs of women’s genitals reflect the diversity of women’s bodies. Therapists, sex educators, women’s health clinicians — and all women — will find this volume a welcome addition to their libraries.

“You will find these images some of the most beautiful you’ve ever seen, or be shocked by them. This book is a magic mirror letting you know exactly how you feel about female genitalia. It’s a perfect coffee table book.” Annie Sprinkle, Performance Artist.

Black book with text 'Femalia' and a vulva looking visual. Under the visual, Joani Blank, Editor

Image Description: Black book with text ‘Femalia’ and a vulva looking visual. Under the visual, Joani Blank, Editor

3. Heart of the Flower Book: The Book of Yonis

The Book of Yonis is an unflinching exploration of the beautiful diversity of female genitalia, free of judgement, shame and embarrassment.

Fifty everyday women posed for up close and personal photographs that show their genitals from many different and rarely seen angles. Each women also wrote candidly with wit, wisdom, passion, and even despair, about her relationship with her vulva.

The book is designed to challenge the way society views women’s genitals and sexuality in a way that also celebrates the beauty and power each of us carry with us.

Heart of the Flower is a beautiful gift or addition to your bookcase or coffee table and the perfect way to acknowledge that Heart of the Flower is the heart of a woman

Heart of the Flower Book The Book of Yonis

Image Description: Text ‘Heart of the Flower Book The Book of Yonis’ with Gray background showing the lower part of a lady holding pink rose

4. The Great Wall of Vagina by Jamie McCartney

Female genitalia have long been a source of fascination, recently of celebration but generally of confusion. Step in British artist Jamie McCartney who has created a monumental wall sculpture from plastic casts of 400 women vulvas. Their privates have gone public and in this book over a quarter of them tell you why…

Brown book with text say The Great Wall of Vagina

Image Description: Brown book with text say The Great Wall of Vagina

6. Petals : Fine Art Photography of Vulvas by Dr. Nick Karras 

Petals is about vulvas: The center of womanhood and mystery. It’s where magic happens, and we enter into the physical world. Although it was considered to be sacred in the past, many have forgotten the sacredness of unique beauty of each woman’s vulva. This book is comprised of 48 fine art photography of vulvas, each hand printed by a master photographer with respect and care. If you are not sure if your vulva looks normal, if you don’t like how it looks, or you are just curious how other women’s vulvas look like, this is a great book for you. It can be used in medical setting, sex education, women’s studies and empowerment and more. You may also find the documentary film of this subject Petals: Journey into Self Discovery to be helpful and moving.

Red Rose in the background with text 'Petals and Nick Karras

Image Description: Red Rose in the background with text ‘Petals and Nick Karras

7. The Sexual Practices of Quodoushka: Teachings from the Nagual Tradition by Amara Charles

Practical exercises to reach higher levels of orgasm, renew relationships, and discover the healing power of sex

  • Illustrates how to identify and best please the nine male and female genital anatomy types–such as Coyote Man or Buffalo Woman
  • Provides exercises for greater sexual pleasure and orgasmic intensity, including the Firebreath exercise for full-body orgasm
  • Explains how to perform powerful healing sexual energetic work with the chakras and light body

Based on ancient Mayan, Olmec, and Toltec teachings passed down through the generations by the Twisted Hair Nagual Elders of the Sweet Medicine Sundance Path, the practice of Quodoushka offers practical guidance on sex, intimacy, and relationships as well as how to reach higher levels of orgasm and sexual ecstasy. Working with the healing power of sexual union and orgasm, this practice offers a path to repair emotional wounds and sexual insecurities, revive monotonous relationships, and discover the sweet medicine of sex.

The Sexual Practices of Quodoushka: Teachings from the Nagual Tradition

Image Description: Text ‘The Sexual Practices of Quodoushka: Teachings from the Nagual Tradition’ with lady drawing

8. Vulva – The Gate to Life by Grit Scholz

Pure feminity!
Discover the holiest place of a woman.
In this picture book, women and men admire without shame the variety of shapes and colours of the vulva,
also called lovingly Yoni.
All pictures of vulvas are accompanied by a form from nature be it shells, owers, tree barks or butter ies.
Have some curious and healing views on the gate into life.

Vulva – The Gate to Life

Image Description: Text ‘Vulva – The Gate to Life’ with green flower and pink petals

Womanhood: The Bare Reality by Laura Dodsworth

100 women bare all in an empowering collection of photographs and interviews about Womanhood.

Vagina, vulva, lady garden, pussy, beaver, cunt, fanny… whatever you call it most women have no idea what’s ‘down there’. Culturally and personally, no body part inspires love and hate, fear and lust, worship and desecration in the same way.

From smooth Barbie dolls to internet porn, girls and women grow up with a very narrow view of what they should look like, even though in reality there is an enormous range. Womanhood departs from the ‘ideal vagina’ and presents the gentle un-airbrushed truth, allowing us to understand and celebrate our diversity.

For the first time, 100 brave and beautiful women reveal their bodies and stories on their own terms, talking about how they feel about pleasure, sex, pain, trauma, birth, motherhood, menstruation, menopause, gender, sexuality and simply being a woman.

Womanhood: The Bare Reality

Image Description: Text ‘Womanhood: The Bare Reality’ with woman’s half body showing a tattoo

A Woman’s Right to Pleasure by Amir Marashi, Roxane Gay, Erica Jong

A Woman’s Right To Pleasure by BlackBook x LELO is a distinctive collection of over 200 works and original texts from over 60 of the world’s most important and well-recognized female-identifying artists, writers and creative thinkers from around the globe.

 

A Woman's Right to Pleasure

Image Description: A Woman’s Right to Pleasure with lips background

7. {Un}Inhibited: An Asian Vulva Photo Book by Dr Martha Tara Lee

{Un}Inhibited is the first elaborate vulva photography book focusing Asian vulvas. It is designed to educate Asian women about their vulvas and their anatomies so that they can understand their bodies and sexualities better.   

A 9×9″ colour photo book, we aim to feature images of at least 20 Asian vulvas. The book will also feature quotes from interviews with the models, as well as educational content on the different parts of the vulva.

This book is out of print. You can read more about the process of creating the book here.

P.S. I want to acknowledge the photographer Kelvin Lim without whom this book would not have been possible.

Brownish book showing skin with text un inhibited

Image Description: Brownish book cover showing skin with text un inhibited

About Dr. Martha Tara Lee

Surrounded by friends who were sexually inhibited and struck by dire lack of positive conversations around sex and sexuality in Singapore, Dr. Martha Tara Lee set out to make a positive difference in embarking on her doctorate in human sexuality before launching Eros Coaching in 2009. Today, she remains dedicated to working with individuals and couples who wish to lead self-actualised and pleasure-filled lives.

She also holds certificates in counselling, coaching and sex therapy, and her fourth degree – a Masters in Counselling in May 2018. In practice since 2009, she is the only certified sexuality educator and certified sexuality educator supervisor by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) in Singapore.

Often cited in the media, Dr. Lee is the appointed Resident Sexologist for PinkLifestyle.com, Singapore Cancer Society, and Ofnoah.sg and Ofzoey.com. She was recognised as one of ‘Top 50 Inspiring Women Under 40′ by Her World in July 2010, and one of ‘Top 100 Inspiring Women’ by CozyCot in March 2011. She has published four books: Love, Sex and Everything In-Between, Orgasmic Yoga, From Princess to Queen and {Un}Inhibited.

Martha works with individuals and couples in private coaching sessions, and conducts her own workshops. She takes prides in making sure all her workshops are also fun, educational, and sex-positive. This comes easily to her because even though she is extremely dedicated and serious about her work, she fundamentally believes that sex is meant to be fun, wonderful, amazing and sacred. As such, this serious light-heartedness has shone through again and again. For her full profile, click here. Email her here.

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