There are many reasons why women would practice labia stretching, but none are more symbolic than what you would find in the birthplace of the labia stretching practice. As you will come to know when you learn more about the significance and value when it comes to elongating the vaginal lips.
The general belief (in Zimbabwe and Uganda at least) is that elongated inner labia swell more during sexual excitement, and in doing so, provide a much bigger surface area for penile friction during coitus. They also swell inwards partially blocking the entrance to the vagina. Making sex more enjoyable to both partners. The sight of seeing a woman with stretch vaginal lips is a major attraction to men. It lures potential mates to seek a husband among male tribe members.
The process of elongating is part of the transformation from a girl to a woman, a rite of passage that starts in the youth and continues into adulthood. The labia stretching practice is done through the life of a woman. It is believed that the longer the vaginal lips become, the more attractive the woman becomes as her assets grow in size.
The initiation rites young women are seen as fundamental to human growth and development as well as socialization in many African communities. These rites function by ritually marking the transition of someone to full group membership sort of saying. It also links individuals to the community and the community to the broader and more potent spiritual world.
Therefore the cultural value of labia stretching is highly significant in many communities. You can also find this values in other communities such as the South Pacific where labia stretching is also practiced. And even in our current times, many women are adopting labia stretching as a rite of passage into being different from the cosmetic Barbies being designed in the operating room. Where the bigger the vaginal lips become, the more unique a woman is because she has something what other do not.
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