Sheela-na-gigs: Sheela-na-gigs are medieval stone carvings of naked women with legs spread wide. This one is at Fethard Watergate in County Tipperary.
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Male gaze: "They were seen as being symbols of evil, symbols of lust, symbols of eroticism," says historian Shane Lehane. They were never recognized as "important icons of the female who has custodianship over birth and over death."