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Vagina, vulva, lady garden, pussy, beaver, cunt, fanny…
…whatever you call it most women have no idea what’s ‘down there’. Culturally and personally, no body part inspires love and hate, fear and lust, worship and desecration in the same way.
From smooth Barbie dolls to internet porn, girls and women grow up with a very narrow view of what they should look like, even though in reality there is an enormous range. Womanhood departs from the ‘ideal vagina’ and presents the gentle un-airbrushed truth, allowing us to understand and celebrate our diversity.
For the first time, 100 brave and beautiful women reveal their bodies and stories on their own terms, talking about how they feel about pleasure, sex, pain, trauma, birth, motherhood, menstruation, menopause, gender, sexuality and simply being a woman.
Womanhood is the third project in the Bare Reality series. For me, personally, it has been my most potent and transformative work to date. The process of creating these embodied stories of pleasure, sex, pain, trauma, birth, motherhood, menstruation, menopause, gender and sexuality has changed me – I feel freer, more in my prime, sexier and more powerful than ever. I’d love Womanhood to do that for other women. It’s time to reclaim our womanhood, on our terms and in our words.
Womanhood will be supporting Eve Appeal, a national charity raising awareness and funding research into gynaecological cancers.
Womanhood is out in the UK 21st February 2019, published by Pinter & Martin, £20.
Read about Womanhood in The Guardian Weekend magazine
Womanhood on The BBC
I wrote for The Telegraph
An interview with two of the women who took part and I on Woman’s Hour
Interview on BBC World
Buy the book:
From the publisher Pinter & Martin
Women Rising Folkestone 10th March 2019
Vagina Dialogues - in conversation with Daisy Johnson at Blackwell’s Oxford 17th April 2019
Red Line Book Festival Dublin 7th October 2019