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“I envisioned this book as a health guide for all women”: Manon Letourneau deconstructs 4 accepted ideas about the female body

“I envisioned this book as a health guide for all women”: Manon Letourneau deconstructs 4 accepted ideas about the female body

From head to toe, over breasts, stomach, buttocks, sex or thighs… the entire female anatomy is carefully examined. Every day, a woman has to face the prying eyes of a society that abuses and suppresses her body. To have feminine shapes but above all without excesses, to be a devoted mother but always impeccably shaved and made up…”Women have been treated differently since ancient times. Back then, men’s bodies were defined as warm, dry and healthy. While women’s bodies are described as cold and damp, sick bodies “, explains Manon Letourneau, an osteopath specializing in women’s health.

The chimerical search for physical perfection creates discomfort and feeds the accepted ideas that Manon Letourneau tries to deconstruct. In his work Freer body!, gives concrete explanations about the female body based on scientific knowledge. “I envisioned this book as a health guide for all women who want to get to know their bodies and themselves better.”

Understanding the anatomy of the breasts to take better care of them, analyzing the menstrual cycle to detect possible disorders, breaking taboos related to the female orgasm to rediscover pleasure… Manon Letourneau deciphers women’s health without taboos. Here are four misconceptions discussed in his book. What decomplexes many women.

1. Breasts can fit without a bra

Created by a woman for a woman, at the beginning of the 16th century, the corset was a real revolution at the time. French woman Herminie Cadolle filed a patent for the first bra in 1898. But does this feminine undergarment really slow down breast sagging? In fact, women’s breasts already have their own natural support system. If the bra is poorly fitted or very tight, it inhibits the natural breast system, i.e. Cooper’s ligaments. “ These are small wires stretched between the collarbone and the mammary gland. They are also called suspensory ligaments of the breast. explains Manon Letourneau. ANDOver time, if Cooper’s ligaments are immobilized, this natural system can become less active and even soften. Hence the feeling that you have breasts from “washing” when taking off your underwear. This daily compression, created by the bra, is also not without health effects. actually, “affects nervous and lymphatic circulation. However, both have the role of drainage, body cleansing and elimination of toxins”, stresses the osteopath. The good news is that our bodies are constantly adapting and tone can be restored. It is ideal to release the compression caused by underwear as soon as possible. Or even give up push-ups.

2. The perfect vulva does not exist

Our breasts, our lips, our buttocks… and now our vulvas! No part of the female body escapes social prohibitions. In recent years, nymphoplasty, an intimate surgery that reduces the size of the labia minora, has been performed more and more often for supposedly aesthetic reasons. Safe, “It happens that women with very long inner lips are unable to do sports every day, especially cycling or horseback riding. In this case, nymphoplasty is a real liberation,” explains Manon Letourneau in her book. But “Wanting to reduce the size of your vulva just to meet the surreal expectations of our society is very worrying!” There are even glitter sprays or paints for the perfect vulva on the market! Like all parts of our body, the female labia are useful. “ They cover our openings to protect them from external aggressions (dust, bacteria, etc.). Also, don’t forget that the depilated vulva is more exposed to maceration phenomena, creating more favorable conditions for fungal infections.

3. A flat stomach, all the time, is impossible

Our society demands of us a flat stomach, all the time and at any age. As a result, women tuck it in to look slimmer. There is a risk of difficulty breathing.

And experiencing daily difficulties in inflating the stomach to breathe deeply. “ When vital movement is limited, everything is disturbed: transit is slowed down by a lack of stimulation of the diaphragm, indigestion occurs, as well as difficulties in bearing stress, and disturbances in the tone of the diaphragm and perineum may occur. .” Emotions, pregnancy, menstrual cycle… many events in a woman’s life affect the appearance of our belly. The desire to be straight at all costs does not reflect reality.

4. Vaginal orgasm is a myth!

This is probably the biggest myth surrounding female sexuality: no, vaginal orgasm does not exist! For years, women have been diagnosed with sexual problems based on something… imaginary. And the reason is anatomical: the vagina is much less innervated and therefore much less sensitive. “ Whatever happens, orgasm always comes from the clitoris. However, the zone of the clitoris (glans, bulbs) and the method of stimulation (external, internal stimulus, vibration, pressure, cold or warm contact) can vary. Some women will prefer stimulation of the bulbs while others will feel arousal during stimulation of the glans.”, says Manon Letourneau. The distinction between vaginal and clitoral pleasure comes from Sigmund Freud. According to the father of psychoanalysis, an immature woman achieves orgasm by stimulating the clitoris, while sexually mature women must have a vaginal orgasm.


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Freer body!, the unrestrained speech of an osteopath who wants to abolish taboos. Manon Letourneau, publisher of Hachette Pratique. Price: 26 euros.

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