[csaa-forum] NEW BOOK: Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery: Deviance, Desire and the Pursuit of Perfection

Andrew Hickey Andrew.Hickey at usq.edu.au
Thu Aug 23 14:05:49 ACST 2018

Dear CSAA’ers,
Long term member and friend of the Association, Dr Camille Nurka, has had her latest work published with Palgrave:

Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery: Deviance, Desire and the Pursuit of Perfection

Examining the fascinating history of female genital cosmetic surgery, Camille Nurka traces the origins of contemporary ideas of genital normality. Over the past twenty years, Western women have become increasingly worried about the aesthetic appearance of their labia minora and are turning to cosmetic surgery to achieve the ideal vulva: a clean slit with no visible protrusion of the inner lips. Long labia minora are described by medical experts as ‘hypertrophied,’ a term that implies deformity and the atypical. But how far back does the diagnosis of labial hypertrophy go, and where did it originate? Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery tells the story of the female genitalia from the alien world of ancient Greek gynaecology to the colonial period of exploration and exploitation up to the present day. Bringing together historical, medical, and theoretical documentation and commentary, Nurka uncovers a long tradition of pathologizing female anatomy, a history sure to be of interest to any reader who wishes to know more about how medicine shapes our commonly held ideals.

Further details for the book can be found via:



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