The Battle of Penises vs. Vaginas Rages 'Down Under'


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The University of Sydney, in Australia, publishes a weekly magazine called Honi Soit which is an Anglo-Norman phrase, loosely meaning: "Shamed be he who thinks evil of it." This week they seemed to have reached a new level, down under.

A few years ago, to much fanfare and a huge response, the magazine cover featured a picture of a well endowed, naked penis. It drew quite a bit of conversation but there was no irreparable harm beyond some bruised male egos.

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This week the periodical published a provocative cover photo of 18 different vaginas to protest censorship and over-sexualization of lady parts. Honi Soit first attempted to print a cover with entirely naked genitalia then they decided to photo-shop the pictures.

As reported on HUFFPO, Honi Soit:

...was told by lawyers for the Students Representative Council to obscure the images. Then it published a version with the vulvae covered by black bars. However, the council, which operates the publication, determined that the black bars didn't hide enough and seized all 4,000 copies off shelves this week, Jezebel reported.

So here's where irony comes in. The cover never got circulated because it was censored, the newspaper said on its Facebook page. But that doesn't mean that the cover hasn't found its way to the internet. After all, you have a hard time keeping censorship news censored. So by pulling it off the shelves, doing the "banned in Boston" bit, they became and international sensation. If you are truly curious and have the need to see what's caused all of this rage, here it is: (WARNING: ADULT CONTENT - NSFW)


“The cover was meant to be an empowering message to women that they don’t need to be ashamed of their bodies," Editor-in-Chief Hannah Ryan told Jezebel. "This response, and the fact that it is possibly criminal, is therefore incredibly disappointing.”

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