Editor's note

Women’s genitals are as diverse as our faces, but you’d never know that by talking to a cosmetic surgeon. Some doctors’ websites peddle dangerous myths about what constitutes normal genitalia and claim surgery can deliver a more youthful, feminine and hygienic vulva. As Maggie Kirkman argues, it’s time for tougher regulation of medical advertising.

Meanwhile, in Hanoi, the much-anticipated summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un came to an abrupt end, without an agreement. Benjamin Habib writes that any meaningful breakthrough in the relationship is continually stalled by the “denuclearisation fantasy”.

And as you probably know, George Pell’s legal team have launched an appeal in an attempt to overturn the guilty verdict. We bring you a piece outlining how that would work and on what grounds an appeal could be pursued.

Fron Jackson-Webb

Deputy Editor/Senior Health + Medicine Editor

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Some doctors’ websites make false claims to encourage women to have genital cosmetic surgery. rawpixel

What do normal labia look like? Sometimes doctors are the wrong people to ask

Maggie Kirkman, Monash University

Some doctors' websites give the impression that women's genitals that diverge from the "ideal" need surgery. This is nonsense – genitals are as diverse as our faces.

As the US-North Korea summit comes to an abrupt end, denuclearisation is a fantasy that is leaving Washington as the odd man out on the Korean Peninsula. AAP/KCNA

Chasing the denuclearisation fantasy: The US-North Korea summit ends abruptly in Hanoi

Benjamin Habib, La Trobe University

Any meaningful breakthrough in the relationship between the US and North Korea is once again stalled by the insistence on denuclearisation.

George Pell’s lawyer, Robert Richter, said he will appeal the guilty verdict. DAVID CROSLING/AAP Image

How an appeal could uphold or overturn George Pell’s conviction

David Hamer, University of Sydney

George Pell's conviction has opened a rift in Australian society, with many people questioning the guilty verdict. Pell's lawyer has said he will appeal. On what grounds could he do that?

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