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Uni magazine pulled after running cover featuring the vaginas of 18 students

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Throughout the years we’ve had our fair share of the controversial magazine covers - from  Rolling Stone’s Janet Jackson to Demi Moore’s Vanity Fair to Time’s breastfeeding mum.

Yesterday another magazine controversy was revealed but this time, the perpetrator was a student magazine in Australia.

Almost 4,000 copies of the latest issue of Sydney University’s magazine Honi Soit have been taken off the shelves after the editors decided to publish a cover featuring 18 vaginas. All of the genitalia pictured were of women from Sydney University.

The editors of Honi Soit decided on the daring cover because they wanted to make a statement about vaginas and the female body being "artificially sexualised...or stigmatised."

The Student Representative Council firstly tried to cover the genitalia with black bars, but the magazines were eventually seized after people realised the bars was see through.

Honi Soit has been the University of Sydney's student paper since 1929. Its shortened title translates as "Shame upon he who thinks evil of it."

The ten editors of the magazine have stood by their decision to publish the cover. They posted on their Facebook page after the incident, saying: "We are tired of society giving us a myriad of things to feel about our own bodies. We are tired of having to attach anxiety to our vaginas. We are tired of vaginas being either artificially sexualised or stigmatised. We are tired of being pressured to be sexual, and then being shamed for being sexual."

Lily Patchett, one of the students who was photographed for the cover, told the Herald Sun: "I expected the criticism, but I can't understand it.

"When is it going to be appropriate to show our bodies as they are, and not in some false, made-up way? Because if there is a place and time, not enough people know about it.

"The truth of the diversity and richness of our bodies is hidden from almost everyone. In 2013, I couldn't think of a more appropriate time."

She added: "(The cover) is attention grabbing, yes, because no one expects to see real vaginas, even in porn, let alone on the front cover of a student newspaper! I'm lost as to how this is a bad thing though."




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