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" Jenni Hudson, Managing director, United Kingdom

I would love to see this in a gallary. Would be great to visit with my client group to not only see the diversity but also to help improve body confidence. This article is beautifully unique and I imagine seeing it is a great tool to aid women feel better about themselves. Please keep me updated to when it is on exhibit.

" Nickie Thomas, Ex psychiatric nurse, United Kingdom

I purchased the 'Great Wall of Vagina' book recently. I had seen a documentary about Jamie's work years before and thought he was doing ground breaking work artistically as well as helping many women to celebrate the uniqueness and normality of their 'lady parts'. I was medically very traumatised by doctors at puberty becoming a medical research object because of my sister having already been found to have had an Intersex condition (DSD). I suffered repeated unnecessary internal examinations and was photographed naked, my private parts were also photographed when I was further examined under general anaesthetic. You can imagine that such trauma left me with a lot of psycho-sexual scarring. It has taken me decades to come to like and accept my 'lady parts'. I only found out that my 'lady parts' had found to be normal at the age of 33 ( from my medical notes). The medical profession have done nothing to validate any issues of damage at all and have tended to project everything back onto me as though I am the problem. So I am very grateful for Jamie's book, for it has further reassured me that there is no one or right way to look, where it comes to 'lady parts'. I have written a narrative about my medical experiences and try where I can to highlight issues within the medical establishment that clearly need to change. Jamie's book has done a lot to open up a subject area, very important to a lot of women. I think that every GP and gynaecologist should possess a copy of Jamie's book. Thank you Jamie. Nickie Thomas

" Amanda, Mommy, United States

Your art is so beautiful I want to cry. I am pregnant with twins right now. I have given natural birth to 3 beautiful children already. I endured a surgical cut from my vaginal opening to my anus to get my first son out. They did not sew me up straight. Before giving birth to my beautiful children I was sexually assaulted in a mutilating fashion. I was left with discolored stretched labias. I once had someone laugh and tell me to pull my pants back up because he thought my vagina was ugly. I have been told that I am unclean and had no option to tell someone I wanted to take it slow because I wasn't pretty down there. People can be so cruel. You don't have to post my comment but I am OK with it if you do. I am crying because I have looked through all of the panel's and I feel beautiful too. I don't feel dirty. I feel pretty. You are so beautiful for this. Thank you.

" Carolina Murcia, Colombia

Jaimie, you should be nominated to the Nobel Peace Prize. Your work is bringing peace of mind to so many women (and men, I suppose) who measure bodies by an unreal standard, causing reactions that span from simple shyness and unhappiness to anxiety, depression and self loathing. Forget politics! Peace is achieved changing people´s minds in a positive way, one person at a time. This work teaches us to love ourselves and accept others as they are. Good job and thank you!!!! I hope one day I can see your job at a museum.

" Julia Fiske, United States

My boyfriend told me about the Great Wall of Vagina when I told him that I was considering labiaplasty surgery. Your work totally changed my mind. So many women, myself included, have no idea that there is such a large variety in female genitalia. I appreciate your work, it helped me to see myself differently and not give in to yet another unrealistic standard of beauty for women. Thank you.

" Sonya, United States

I went to my doctor to see about surgery on my labia, feeling that birthing three big babies had taken its toll. Instead of surgery my doctor referred me to "The Great Wall." The medical community and the art community working together for the greater good! Hooray!

" Lili, France

Et bien moi aussi, j'aime mon sexe maintenant, avant j'avais honte, mais après avoir vu tous ces sexes différents, j'ai regardé le mien et me suis étonnée de le trouver si beau. Votre travail est extraordinaire. Merci du fond du coeur ! ENGLISH TRANSLATION: Well I love my pussy now, before I was ashamed, but after seeing all these different pussies, I looked at mine and am surprised to find it so beautiful. Your work is amazing. Thank you from the heart !

" Elizabeth, Graphic Designer and Illustrator, Albania

I love my vagina now, thank you forever and ever, you are even better than Santa Claus

" Angelique, United States

My husband told me 22 years ago that my vulva look asymmetrical and weird. I still have to think about that from time to time and how hurtful it was and how insecure and degraded I felt. It still fells like a little pinch to my heart. I think I was his first "real" woman he saw naked in daylight. Back then he had a stack of porn in his bachlor apartment and all the vulva's in those magazins looked the same. I would call them designer pussies. This Delusion of conform beauty invented of the plastik surgery through our own insecurities must end. I am so thankful that you created "The Wall of Vaginas". Thank you.

" Ellen, United States

Thank you for making this extremely important and impressive work. Every woman in the world needs a copy of the book. I forward the website of the great wall of vagina to so many women. I now feel less alone. And much more normal. Thanks again.

" Vee Mercer, Canada

The Great Wall of Vagina panels are reproductions of vulvas varied and beautiful all. As a lesbian, I would like to decorate my home with at least one copy. I find the bronze medium to be visually hard, and cold...and I would like the artist to consider making a limited edition in a plastic medium to closely mimick the plaster. I would purchase one even before it is created...because I will never have the opportunity to view in person. Such beauty needs to be shared with the world, Jamie - made available to the masses to teach humankind to accept and love themselves as they are...designer vulvas have no character.

" Lauren Deighton, Sex and Relationship Therapist, United Kingdom

In my work as a sex and relationship therapist, I regularly come across women who have very low self (body) image and who believe that their vaginas are ugly, disgusting, misshapen... I have often showed them images of Jamie McCartney's vagina casts in a bid to educate these clients about the huge diversity - and beauty - of the female form, and to challenge the notion that there is such a thing as 'normal' in terms of shape and size of the vulva. The Great Wall of Vagina is therefore a hugely valuable educational resource which can change women's - and their partners' - attitudes and beliefs, and which ultimately can help bring about self-acceptance as well as enhance intimacy in relationships. We need to see this piece of work permanently exhibited somewhere!

" Kay, United States

"Freedom from Genital Anxiety." I love it! I have never discussed this problem about myself with anyone as I thought it was only my issue. After sustaining a 4th-degree vaginal laceration while giving birth to my child over 12 years ago, my external genitals are deformed and unsightly. My labia are exceptionally thick and my labia, vulva and vaginal opening are extremely elongated - extending from my clitoris all the way down to my anus. I am so embarrassed about the appearance of my vagina, that I have refused to let anyone see it, including my husband and my doctor. This hasn't been so good for my marriage (or my health, I suppose!). This exhibit has helped me so much!! Perhaps now, I can feel somewhat comfortable allowing my husband and doctor to take a quick peek at my genitals. Maybe I can even feel a little proud - proud of what I was able to sustain (and survive) in the name of childbirth! Seriously, that has been such an oppressive issue for me. Thank you for freeing me from my genital anxiety! :-)

" Delphine Amer, Canada

What you have done with your brilliant idea to display a wide diversity of vaginal areas is make it possible for young women to accept themselves and love themselves just the way they are. Young women these days have so much working against them in a world where pornography is rampant and respect for women a dying concept. You are empowering many with this art and as a mother of three young women, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

" Jade, United States

Thank you so much for this. As someone who likes to help out other people and give advice, I tend to have to explain that all vaginas look different. I know I used to be insecure of mine until I came across this, and to help other women I share this site and these photos with them. You've really helped a lot of women with this, and I appreciate that.

" Christiane, Germany

Thanks ever so much!!! Owning a rather fantastic specimen myself I'm very happy to have been able to have a glimpse on this variety... Not until recently working as a nurse did I realise HOW different human bodies are, both male and female. A thrilling experience... I hope as many people as possible may see your work. And I hope that the information that there is no such thing as a standard body may be passed on particularly to teenagers. Open-mindedness, humor, unrestricted curiosity, acceptance... thank you for all this!

" Ken, Canada

Somewhere between hideous and the best thing ever created. Should world war 3 emerge, few things will remind us of the value of human life, other than the place where life began. (Bucket list - Check X )

" Christine, Canada

Hi Jamie, I want to take the time to write to you because I want you to know how much I appreciate the work that you've done. I was just googling what was a normal vagina because I was always insecure of mine, sort of like when men say their an average size? We're all so different. And, women don't normally talk about what they look like. It's not an open discussion. After stubbling upon your work, I feel much better and sort of ridiculous that I even felt that way.... that being said, thank you!!!! :)

" Sarah Martin, Executive Director, World Association of Sex Coaches, United Kingdom

This is such a moving and beautiful work of art, and has the power to transform lives. Really! As a clinical sexologist, one of the most common questions underpinning my clients' concerns is - "Am I normal?" And can we really blame anyone for wondering this? When our bodies are shrouded by shame and taboo, we can become separated from ourselves. This work honours and empowers and should be celebrated.

" Maureen Calder, New Zealand

Totally enthralled by your bravery. You are a credit to your sex. Removing the taboo of the beauty of nature should be displayed in our galleries universally. I love and admire you. Maureen Calder New Zealand

" Léonie Hartley-Hoover, Textile artist, Canada

A very interesting, informative and enlightening study. Congratulations Jamie on a magnificent project!

" Hollie Osborne, Student, United Kingdom

Hi Jamie, your work is wonderful! Please keep doing what you do, you're an inspiration!

" Marianna, Student, Brazil

Hello, I always felt terrible about my vagina because I though that my lips were very big and It was a problem. I suffered of depression because of it, I was thinking for a long long time to go to a plastic surgeon and cut it off and, then, I found this amazing work and It completely changed my mind. I am happy to say that seeing stories like mine made me find that I was completely normal and that I need to love my body just the way it is. I do not want to go through surgery, I do not want to be the one who ignored that I am normal just to padronize my body and I am feeling like I am winner. I am a winner for accepting me and for having in mind that I am not alone. Women, love your bodies. I love you! For each story! I am 20 years old.

" Elise, Austria

I found your work by surprise and I'm really impressed. The idea is just gorgeous! There's so much aesthetics in the wall of vaginas. I think a lot of women are insecure about how the vagina looks like and what is "normal". your work shows that each of them is unique and beautiful in their way. Thanks a lot for that contribution. Is there any chance to admire the wall in reality this year??? thanks a lot!

" Patrick Smith, retired photographer, United States

Every woman I ever knew, in my 68 years, living in and serving in the military in 16 nations, over 20 years, was self conscious about her body, personality, future, in that order. Your works help with all three, because self-confidence is a first step to success in love, in society, in work. Having never met a human I didn't like, there are some with whom I could not possibly agree! But, I have NEVER seen a vagina that wasn't really, truly, gorgeous, even though it is only a small part of the marvel that is woman!

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