It’s been another fruitful year of vaginal evolution.
In the last few years female genitals have arguably gone through more transformation than in the previous million years.
Pubic hair has become, more or less, extinct.
Labiaplasties — mainly those to decrease the size of the labia — have gone mainstream.
But as vaginas "improved," it became obvious they are just not perfect enough.
Enter vaginal brightening.
Welcome to 2012, the year pink vaginas became the thing to have.
I haven’t quite noticed the tipping point in the acceptable coloring of female genitals, but as far as I can tell, it all happened quite gradually.
I am not going to be boring and blame pornography, although I have no doubt porn has affected the way we view — and compare — genitals.
Let’s not forget it was porn — and Sasha Baron Cohen's Bruno, of course — that made anal bleaching a household term a few years ago.
Nowadays, some salons pitch the procedure as a “part of personal hygiene.” Kind of like Brazilian waxing.
Which brings me back to vaginal brightening.
Earlier this year, scientists shook the planet by revealing men prefer pink vaginas over red ones.
All this time, we were being told that red is the sexiest of colors, being fed images of women clad in red lingerie, red lipstick and a red dresses. What we didn’t know is that while red might be the sexiest of colors, its charm doesn’t necessarily apply to female genitals.
When it comes to vaginas — or, to be technically precise, vulvas — men apparently prefer pink shades, not red ones.
That, in a nutshell, is the finding of a study lead by researcher Sarah Johns, anthropologist at the University of Kent, and http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0034669 ">published in the April 6 in the journal PLoS ONE.
The researchers asked 40 heterosexual men to look at 16 images of female genitals in random order and rank them on a 0-to-100 scale of attractiveness.
The results showed that instead of preferring red, perhaps as a sign of fertility (think baboon bottoms), men actually liked pink vulvas the best.
Johns is quoted in LiveScience: