It’s an ode to the vulva.
We’re a phallic-centric culture, or so say the experts. In many countries around the world, they host entire festivals to celebrate the male member, and in Ireland, there certainly isn’t a lack of penis-inspired art dotted around our city-from drawings on tables to inspired graffiti and toilet doors doodles.
Quite frankly, it’s wall-to-wall willies.
But it hasn’t always been the case. Our many myths and legends have long paid tribute to Irish goddesses, pirates and queens. A more stark example is perhaps the Sheela na Gig: stone carvings of naked women displaying an exaggerated vulva. They are found throughout most of Europe over doorways of cathedrals, castles, and other buildings.
Having already made his fortune selling phallus-shaped-soap to the Cork masses, Suds Johnson aka “He of the many soaps” has come out with a new mould that pays tribute to this part of our culture (and gets a giggle in the process).
“The making of the bar was inspired by the Sheela na Gig and it’s meaning which stands true to our generation,” writes Suds.
“Once considered by scholars and clerics as an image of evil, or the embodiment of sin, we can now see and embrace the sexuality of the Sheela for what it truly is, as a symbol of positively empowering the beauty of ones own vulnerability.”
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The soap-maker has combined ingredients like coconut oil, bentonite clay, mica clay, coffee grounds, and activated charcoal for a divine lather, appropriately named ‘Vulva Power’, which celebrates ‘vulnerability, unity, love, vitality, authenticity. A fitting tribute.
You can purchase Vulva Power from Suds Johnson’s online store here for just €5.