The Beauty of Our Vulva

God created women with amazing bodies. Our vaginas stretch large enough to birth a baby and still shrink to hug our husband’s penis. Breasts nurse our babies, provide hours of entertainment for our husband, and are sensitive enough to trigger an orgasm. Our clitoris created solely for our pleasure can provide a lifetime of new and pleasurable experiences. And yet, how many of us really know our vulva? Song of Songs 4:7 says, 

You are altogether beautiful, my darling;
    there is no flaw in you.

Early Messages

Girls and boys have completely different experiences discovering their bodies. When boys learn to go to the bathroom they form a very hands on relationship with their penis. A part of everyday life, their penis can quickly become a best friend. They know what it looks like, what it feels like, how it changes with temperature and what creates pleasure. Their penis, just a familiar part of their body doesn’t feel dirty or scary.

Girls on the other hand, have a very different experience discovering their body.  Besides the occasional wiping with a piece of toilet paper, we rarely touch our  vulva,. If we want to actually see our vulva, we’d have to either bend like a pretzel, or dare to pull out a mirror. Even with a mirror, our bodies feel oddly removed because we view them through a reflection. Some girls grow up not even knowing that they have 3 holes – a urethra, vagina and anus. All they know is that dirty stuff comes out down there, and you better wash your hands with soap and water afterwards.


Now knowing and appreciating our own body creates all kinds of challenges during marriage. A husband’s desire to please us and learn from us are met with blank stares or disgust. We’ve connected so much shame to our own body that some women  can’t fathom enjoying manual or oral sex. Women that struggle to learn to orgasm resist self exploration that might unlock the key to enjoying sex with their husband. We need to get familiar with our own body and recognize our vulva as God’s beautiful creation.

In my collection of resources I own a picture book called Femalia by Joani Blank. Between the cover are over 30 beautiful color photographs of women’s vulva. The wide variety of genital size, shape and color are quite amazing. Looking at the pictures helped me realize the uniqueness and beauty of my own body. What an awesome God I serve.

Getting to Know Yourself

I recently read about an assignment given to a group of women in a sex class. At home, they were to use a mirror to study their body. Afterwards, the were asked to draw a picture of their vulva to share at the next class.  Women vehemently resisted until the instructor asked, “would you protest if I asked you to draw your arm or your ear?” What was different? None of these women were artists. They weren’t showing actual photos of their vulva, just their own rendering.

The last night of class many women remarked that drawing their body was the most powerful exercise they had done. Just spending time studying themselves, drawing what they saw, and proudly sharing with the others had given them a new appreciation for God’s creation.

Final Thoughts

In order to love yourself, you must first know yourself. That means touching your body to learn how God uniquely created you to feel. You must spend time looking at yourself and studying until you begin to get comfortable and even appreciate how beautiful you are.  If you have to, get out a mirror and make a drawing.  You might even need to smell or taste yourself. Get to know yourself and be amazed at the incredible body God gave you.

Comments 7

  1. Amen!!
    I know, I’m a guy and probably shouldn’t even read what your writing to the ladies here, much less comment on it but I think you’re so bang on with allot of what your saying and it saddens me to see so few comments following your blog entries.
    We are raising four teenagers (11-15) right now and are trying to be intentionallly open and positive about our views on sexually and genitalia. Words like penis and vagina are fun and happy terms in our house that don’t carry shame or guilt with them. I was raised VERY different. I’m hopping to change that in my kids. Thank you for the encouragement!

  2. I long for for my wife to embrace her body and allow me to give her pleasure. I believe God has placed me in her life to help her embrace and accept her body. I really wish I could show her this but I think she would be very upset with me.

  3. Yes, you are exactly right!! I enjoy looking at my wife’s vulva and her body in general, God made it just for me to enjoy! Sadly, my wife is very uncomfortable with my looking , licking and tasting her.She knows I enjoy it but she thinks l am weird. Please pray God will change her mind set.

  4. I loved this post! Thank you, Ruth, for faithfully writing these positive blog posts. I look forward to your post each week. My husband and I have been very open about teaching body parts, what our beautiful bodies can do, that God has wonderfully and fearfully made us, and because we did this our children feel very comfortable to ask us anything…and they do.

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