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This beautifully illustrated magazine tells you everything you ever wanted to know about your vagina

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An American artist has created a mini magazine to educate women of all ages about a very important topic: our vaginas.

Rachel Rolseth, who lives and works in Minnesota, designed the beautifully illustrated zine, aptly named Lady Bits, after being shocked by discovering how many of her friends were "still in the dark about what goes on in their bodies".

Over 36 colourful pages the zine tackles topics from ovulation and menstruation to urinary tract infections and contraception.

Designed specifically to provide information on our vaginas in a positive light, Rolseth hopes the zine will be useful to both teenagers and older women who want to know more about their bodies.

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Speaking to stylist.co.uk about why she originally decided to create the zine, Rolseth said, "The menstrual cycle is what makes life possible - why is this not celebrated and revered? Why is this a dirty shameful thing in our culture?"

To ensure readers learn as much as possible about their vaginas, Rolseth intentionally made parts of the zine interactive.

"There are pages where I ask you to look at your vulva in a mirror and draw it, or tell you how to examine your cervical fluid.

"I really hope that the women who pick this up do these exercises, because interacting with our bodies and getting to know them is so critical for our health and wellbeing."

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And the zine is not just designed as a purely educational tool: Rolseth also hopes it will help to "open up a woman-to-woman dialogue about menstruation and our bodies".

"As long as we let advertisements and old cultural taboos dictate how we feel about our bodies, then they become the architects of our experiences," she said.

"We have voices that need to be heard and wisdom that needs to be shared. I hope Lady Bits can help start shame-free conversations about menstruation and our bodies."

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Rolseth is not the only one hoping to open up conversations about vaginas.

Back in March, journalist Grace Dent proposed the creation of period emojis, featuring illustrated tampons and sanitary pads, while a whole array of vagina emojis are already available, helping to normalise this (crucial) part of our anatomy.

And in January, women around the world used the power of social media to hit back at period shamers.

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"The cool thing about talking about our periods and our bodies is that when we do it, it gives other women permission to do the same," Rolseth added.

"And that is what Lady Bits is all about - self discovery, authority over our own bodies, and empowerment to speak on it."

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You can buy a copy of Lady Bits for £3.56 from Etsy

 

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