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Big Book of Pussy: New Taschen Tome Celebrates the Hole Truth (Photos NSFW)

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Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 3:55 PM

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There are more pet names for the vagina than for any other part of the female anatomy. True, you've got your various badonks and cahuengas --

but inversely proportionate to the insecurity women have about their

vaginas is the number of nice names by which they refer to them when no

one else is around. They more than outnumber the coarse and unkind words

with which they're otherwise identified. No small feat, that.

At La Luz de Jesus in Hollywood, they're celebrating that plethora of perceptions with a launch for the latest Taschen volume, The Big Book of Pussy,

edited by noted smut merchant Dian Hanson. It's a pink and meaty volume

of almost 400 pages devoted to the finer points of this unnecessarily

mystifying aspect of the feminine, heavy enough to send gangsters to the

bottom of the sea were it chained to their nethers.

[Warning: next page has photos that are not safe for work.]

click to enlarge COURTESY A.R.S. INC.
  • courtesy A.R.S. Inc.

Sprinkled in

amongst the 111 years of images of women nude as the news, and just as

pleasantly delivered, are interviews with those special women whose

pussies are somewhat more notorious than average. There's Vanessa Del

Rio, the pornographic film star whose steroid injections gave her the

superpower of a famously engorged clitoris; Flower Tucci, advocate of

the female ejaculate; and Buck Angel, born and raised as a boy but

flaunting lady parts underneath it all.

The book sells briskly as a

steady stream of well-wishers drops in to have books signed by

adult-film star Nicki Hunter and the regal, Champagne-sipping Hanson.

Hanson edited such magazines as Juggs and Leg Show

from 1987 through 2000 for the late publishing visionary George W.

Mavety, transforming the sloppy and the paunchy into the womanly and the

carnal. New York magazine called her "the most cerebral

pornographer in America" and "the Tina Brown of pornography." She's been

editing books for Taschen in L.A. for the last decade.

click to enlarge COURTESY DIAN HANSON COLLECTION
  • courtesy Dian Hanson Collection

The "Big" series of photographic meditations on body parts, launched in 2006 with The Big Book of Breasts, draws to a close with The Big Book of Pussy.

Sensationalism and the specter of leering journalism aside, it's an

exceptionally well-written and insightful book, shot through with

Hanson's decades of experience with the public image of the pussy.

Simultaneously wise and mischievous, she's a cultural touchstone when it

comes to the presentation of body image, a time capsule of how we

lately perceive this aspect of the female body.

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