In this video, Marsa asked over 20 women living in Lebanon intimate questions about their perception of their body and their relationship with it. (Marsa Sexual Health YouTube grab)
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In Lebanon, the vagina is shrouded in taboo, leading many people -- especially women -- to speculate about their anatomy and what their body should look like.Despite the taboo -- or perhaps because of it -- the vagina regularly goes under the knife, in many cases for reasons that are not medically necessary.Vaginoplasties (tightening the vaginal walls), labiaplasties (changing the shape of the labia) and hymenoplasties (reconstructing the hymen to create a perception of virginity, the least common procedure) -- all of these services are available in Lebanon, carried out by either plastic surgeons or gynecologists.Anecdotally, experts say women in Lebanon commonly undergo cosmetic vaginal operations.Two sexual-health professionals interviewed for this article said that women are likely attracted to such procedures as a result of years of taboo, resulting in the idea that the vagina should look and function a certain way.Sara Abu Zaki, a project manager at Marsa Sexual Health Center in Beirut, adds that the lack of sexual education and the high stigma across the country, regardless of sect or social class, are so pervasive there is little correlation between a woman's level of higher education and her sexual education.
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