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Petals Hardcover – August 15, 2003
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Petals is a joyful journey through a vulva garden of delights -- Betty Dodson Ph.D. author of Orgasms For Two
These are very delicate images. Karras has approached the subject with very near a botanist's eye. -- A.D. Coleman, international recognized art critic
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This book is always a coversation starter not only in my classroom but in my personal life as well. many of my friends when over will go through the book and tell me how they always were uncomfortable with their genitals...but now their genitals have become their "petals" and instead of viewing them as uncomfortable, now they are works of art.
All in all I commend Nick Karras for making such a bold move to tackle a topic that many people are fearful and possibly disgusted by and make it into something as beautiful as Petals.
The vast majority of the time I have had pleased and grateful reviewers. The most common remark is 'not only is mine normal but perhaps.... even beautiful!
I love the reminder that what is sometimes taken for granted, is indeed something to be cherished. Beautiful work!!
One response simply takes these organic forms as visual abstractions. Viewed that way, simplicity of the basic structure and complexity of the variations create a rich balance that human artists rarely achieve. Another viewer might see these anatomical photos, isolating just of her body's features, as depersonalizing. Paradoxically, one could also see these as deeply personal. Outside of doctors, most people encounter a vulva (other than one's own) only in deeply intimate settings. It seems quite proper that a woman might reserve the most distinctive parts of her physical self for those who already appreciate her uniqueness most. A book like this helps the viewer realize just how wide the range of possible appearances can be, and so emphasizes the individuality of each one.
This book goes well beyond Femalia in some ways. Both books document a range of individual looks, and help to educate men and women in how many different kinds of appearance are all "normal." Karras does more, though. It's slip-case, warm and airy appearance, and rich look and feel all convey respect and importance. That sense of respect, possibly bordering on worship, suits these photos perfectly, and the models' anonymity extends that respect to women everywhere.
I was very disappointed to see that the significant majority of women's vulva's featured in this book are shaved and with minimal variance in shape and look (the images almost seem selected for similarity). Shaving is a cultural trend - not a norm - and thus, not a good representation of 'normal' for a woman's body. Showing primarily one 'look' for vulva's can give a woman or teen the idea that they are not 'normal' if they don't look like the cookie cutter versions of vulva's that are represented. Most often now days images in adult video's and other sources idealize the bare, pre-pubescent look, (which is with the labia minora and clitoris tucked in or barely visible between the hairless labia majora, and all quite small) this can make the majority of women think they aren't normal, as obviously a woman's sexual organs rarely look the same as a pre-pubescent girl's.
For teaching, education, or your own knowledge of what is 'normal', much better choices to use that offer more realistic representations of vulvas are: ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
probably should be 5 stars but would have preferred more photos, it just felt like a rushed job to get something out. Read morePublished 12 months ago by jda
This is a good book. I was unaware that most women could feel so ugly about something so beautiful. I have told several women that they were beautiful down there, and they acted... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Terry Lee Sartin
When I first started this book, I thought of someone ranting of how women were conveyed in a negative way. However, that has always been the case in history. Read morePublished 15 months ago by DrgnPrnc1
Wow this is erotica with a twist towards the classy side of life.... Absolutely gorgeous picturesPublished 20 months ago by Duane W.
This is pretty much a rehash of the video that advertises this book, including long descriptions of how and why it came about. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Wayne J. Villines
Since most pictures of vulva's are being fotoshopped or taken from vulva's selected to look like those of little girls (cutting the wings of, filling them wiht botox or liposuct... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Hanneke Bolt