[happy jingle] This is Stevie Boebi! We’re gonna talk about vulva confidence! [intro] Stevie creates amazing content on YouTube. She talks about sex, relationships, LGBT issues, and her body. She’s most well known for her video on why vaginas smell, and this one on Bria and Chrissy’s channel, “Gay Men Touch a Vagina for the First Time.” It’s all made me very curious. How is she so vulva confident? I love pussy, specifically mine. How do you think that you have come to be so confident enough to, like, show people? [sighs] I don’t know. People ask me that all the time, but it’s not just my vagina, just confidence in general, like, “Have you ever felt bad about yourself?” And I’m like, no. Like I really have no idea.
-That’s awesome! Stevie says she’s been comfortable with her body for as long as she can remember. How? What does she do to cultivate this mindset? I just like, leave it alone. -That’s a great answer.
-Yeah. -Ok, leave it alone, like
-I stare at it a lot. I think that’s how I take care of it. No douching!
-No douching. Douching, or squirting water into the vagina to rinse it out can actually increase the risk of infections, inflammation, and complications. It flushes out the good bacteria. Wait, so what products do you think are OK to use. What’s healthy to use? I had to think about it for a moment, but here’s what I’ve come up with. [reading] The vagina, like the eyes, cleanses itself, but using your hands to let water rinse off all the folds, and pulling back the clitoral hood to remove smegma will also help. Shouldn’ts: I do not recommend using “feminine hygiene products”. Stay away from sugar or alcohol, glass bottles, things with sharp edges or scents, douches unless you need to flush out something worse like spermicide or yeast infections that are irritating your innards, and then anything with germs on it. What else can we do to boost vulva confidence, Stevie? -Practice, I think.
-Wait, what are we…
-You have to like, practice the confidence.
-Oh. Ok. Right? I think that with anything, it’s like a habit you form. Like everyday, wake up and be like, “My vagina smells, and is great!” Right? [overlapping]
-Like positive affirmations.
-Smells, is, tastes great, looks great. -I’m just like, [smacks lips] “You pretty girl!”
-[laughs] -Like complement it, you know?
-Yeah! Ok. Here’s some things you can say or think about your vulva. [reading] Research shows that positive affirmations don’t only improve your self-esteem, they also serve as a reserve when your esteem is threatened. -So you have seen other vulvas.
-Yes. Lots of them. Do they detract from your vulva confidence at all? Oh, no! That’s like one of my first tips, it’s like, “Don’t compare your bodies to each other”. ‘Cause, like, why, what? I don’t understand. -They’re all so different.
-Yeah. These photographs are from Nick Karras’ book, “Petals”. It’s a collection of vulva portraits which vividly show the incredible diversity of lips, hoods, vaginas and pubes. YouTube gave us permission to feature these for the very purpose of educating ourselves about the human body. Like Stevie emphasizes, there isn’t one way for vulvas to be. Every single one of them is unique. These images are from the “Great Wall of Vagina” exhibit by Jamie McCartney. A three dimensional way to understand our genitals complexly and hopefully improve our confidence in them. Understand your vulva, care for it, and be proud of it. (laughing) Thanks for coming and talking about your vulva with me! -Yeah!
-It was awesome! If you want to check out Stevie’s channel you can find it in the description, or here. And if you want to keep learning things about sexuality, Stay Curious. -They’re all so different and they’re all beautiful.
-Yeah, like faces.
-Yeah. -And you cannot tell from someone’s face, what their vulva’s gonna look like.
-(skeptical) Really? [overlapping]
Oh my gosh! Do you think you can?!
[laughing] I’m kidding, I’m kidding, I’m kidding.