First of all, I would disagree that I have “tonnes” of vagina art on my blog; there’s some here and there but it’s certainly not a majority of what I post. I even looked back through a few pages and didn’t see much of it.
Also, I disagree that the art I post equates vaginas/ovaries/etc. to womanhood…many of the posts are just art with no sort of “yay womanhood” sort of commentary attached to them. I don’t think a crochet vagina picture translates to “I’m a gender essentialist.”
I also am not intentionally equating vaginas automatically or exclusively to womanhood. But, one thing I do feel like needs to be pointed out and addressed not just here but in general is the fact that for many people, vaginas do inform, define, and shape their gender as a woman. Society also very much equates those organs and anatomy to women, which is a huge reason why those types of body parts are hardly ever shown or given positive representation. So, also as a cis person, part of my womanhood is my vagina. I feel like expressing that is a good thing. But I don’t think every woman has a vagina or needs one to be a woman and for many, vagina’s aren’t a part of their gender identity as a woman. Womanhood is multi-faceted. I think talking about them in the context of womanhood is okay, granted it’s within certain parameters and isn’t reinforcing gender essentialism.
This is a complicated issue that I think needs to be more addressed in the feminist community and a lot of it goes back to developing language that doesn’t exclude or assume