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Researcher and psychologist, Dr Gemma Sharp wants us to start talking about vulvas. In this informative and confronting talk Sharp highlights the connection between our discomfort talking about female genitals with the frightening rise in labiaplasty, also known as designer vagina surgery, and challenges us to start using anatomically correct terms with gusto. Dr Gemma Sharp is a researcher, lecturer and practising psychologist. She is currently exploring the increasingly popular cosmetic procedure of labiaplasty, also known as “designer vagina” surgery. Dr Sharp is investigating the social and cultural reasons behind the labiaplasty trend, the psychological outcomes of this procedure, and its troubling impact particularly on adolescents and adult women.
Dr Sharp started her career in the lab as a biomedical scientist focusing on breast cancer treatments but decided her skills were best used outside of the lab with actual patients. She took her science background to the field of clinical psychology and hasn’t looked back since. She completed her PhD at Flinders University in Adelaide in 2016. After a brief interlude in the “Wild” West of Australia at Perth’s Curtin University, Dr Sharp is set to continue her labiaplasty research and psychological practice as an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at Monash University in Melbourne commencing in 2018.