Womanhood: The Bare Reality

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Laura Dodsworth
2019 | paperback | 336pp | 214x170mm
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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.


Laura will be appearing in a Channel 4 documentary in 2019.


10p per book sold is donated to Eve Appeal. Registered charity no.1091708 England and Wales. Registered charity no. SC042612 Scotland. Registered company no. 4370087

Press reviews and endorsements

"The vulva stories Dodsworth has collected made me laugh and cry, moved by the openness with which each person talks about sexual liberation, grief, loss, abuse and everything in between. The very fact that vulvas feel so controversial to look at underlines the power of the project.” The Guardian

"Dodsworth’s project is a simple but groundbreaking idea that gives women back a sense of ownership over their own bodies.” The Evening Standard

"A revelation and celebration of everything being female means." Sarah Ditum

"I have watched toddlers, young children, teenagers and adults alike flick through all of the brilliant books of this series in my house. All have come away with a greater knowledge, respect and fascination with the human body. That said, this is not the main reason I love reading this book — over and over again! It’s not just brilliant because finally, people who read it might be able to breathe out in the knowledge that no, we don’t all look the same, and that no, they are not abnormal, asexual or all the other nonsense that comes from lack of access to this sort of photography and literature. I love this book because it’s a bloody good read, which just happens to make you feel a weight off your shoulders and a much greater appreciation of your own, and every other human’s skin, by the end of it." Hollie McNish