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Illustrations about being a woman in the 21st century, mental health and body positivity

"VENUS LIBIDO perfectly captures existential feminine angst" - Paper Magazine

I am a woman who drinks a lot of wine and occasionally stuffs her face with a lot of cheese.

I am a woman with a beautiful plump belly, chunky thighs and has tiger stripes all over. I am a woman who can’t decided whether to be a hairy feminist or a shaven one. I am woman, a wonderful unapologetic woman.

Venus Libido illustrates what it is like to be a woman in the 21st century. How do we flourish and how do we find our way through a society that has been moulded to suppress us?


How do we tackle the pay gap to the thigh gap?

How do we address the stigma around mental health and being "beach body ready"?

How do we deal with cat-calling and body-shaming?

Most importantly, how do we as women fight our way to the top whilst having to dig our heels into the patriarchy along the way?

Babes With Bellies is a book about empowerment, confidence and courage.

You will see a collection of works illustrating society's stigmas and taboos around not only women but mental health, online bullying and addiction. This book challenges the notions of traditional womanhood, self-pleasuring and being a curvier woman in a society that only represents smaller waists.

Babes With Bellies will take you on a journey of self love and acceptance. It will unshackle you from the normalities of what it means to be a woman. It will evoke a conversation with yourself that you might not have had otherwise. Most importantly it will reassure you that we are all in this together embracing life and all its imperfections whilst riding this rollercoaster that is womanhood!


Praise for VENUS LIBIDO:

"Super honest, often laugh-out-loud-funny."

- The Tung

"There is a part of Venus Libido in everyone."

- Bored Panda

Venus is a female illustrator based in the South of England. She spent several years working within a variety of different art industries around London before realising she had a burning desire and hidden talent for drawing. The general aesthetic of her work reflects a personal irritation and bitterness that has steamed from experiences of misogyny, patriarchy and a constant fight for equal rights for women in the work place. Venus also touches on her experiences of mental health and alcoholism. She portrays her thoughts and experiences through her drawings, sometimes touching on issues that are taboo, or not ‘socially acceptable’ to talk about. 

Growing up I was afraid to explore my body and be experimental. I felt awkward about it and wasn’t really sure how to even go about it. It wasn’t until my mid 20’s that I finally felt like I could take control and learn to know what it was that turned me on. Self pleasure shouldn’t be something that we are ashamed off but a helpful journey to really knowing what can fulfil us sexually.

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