New York Magazine’s Sex Lives Podcast: When Did You First See Your Vulva?

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Mona Chalabi first saw her vulva while peering into a hand mirror at a labiaplasty surgeon’s office; thanks to filmmaker Mae Ryan — the other half of The Guardian’s “Vagina Dispatches” docuseries team — we get to see Mona seeing it, too. In this week’s episode of Sex Lives, Mona and Mae share stories from their vulva adventures, including the time they underwent brain scans while watching porn, the time they met a doctor who believes menstruation is a social construct, and the time they called Mona’s gynecologist mother for a heart-to-heart. (Dr. Chalabi offered to help Mona with the mirror thing, but “Take a look at my vag, what do you reckon?” is a question Mona would rather not ask mom.) Plus, the harrowing tale of how Mona lost her virginity in a childhood accident with a seesaw. Call 646-494-2590 to leave a voice mail about vaginas, vulvae, sex ed, seesaws, or whatever else is on your mind.