News and Views
News and Views about the project.
The little progress status counter has gone past 40, so I figure it’s time for another little update.
Things are progressing steadily, ten more photos, a bit more graffitti, and another few vagina stories on the blog here.
You can also keep an eye on the FB event page, I tend to post stories there as they come in, besides other people posting interesting related material.
I’m still looking for some more age/colour/race diversity, so feel free to pass the info on to whomever you think might like to get involved.
Interesting isn’t it. This is not something that most people feel comfortable talking about to their parents or grandparents. Though I have my mothers blessings for the project she is conveniently located in Sydney so I have not had to face that one directly myself. I think there is a part of me which assumes that older women might be less inclined to want to participate. Why would I think that ?
Well, I have faith that the diversity will come, 60% of the photographic work is still to be done, so there is still plenty of time.
So, I have come up against an interesting issue regarding the Vagina Stories section of this blog. It’s the issue of opinion vs experience.
I would like the blog to be a sharing of experiences, rather than opinions, for the following reasons.
When you hear an opinion your mind automatically ask itself “Do I agree or disagree?”, whereas when you hear of an experience you mind asks “Can I relate or do I understand?”. The former engages the critical thinking part of our minds, whereas the latter engages the imaginative and empathetic parts.
Also, it is much more difficult to feel judged by someone else’s experience whereas people may easily feel judged by other people’s opinions.
While I am a great advocate of rigorous discussion and debate I would like to keep this particular blog in the realm of empathy and imagination for the reader and a safe, receptive space for the writer. I would like the blog to be an open forum for sharing, where everyone can have their voice heard and no one will feel judged :)
More 101 Vagina Graffiti :)
Location: On the Toilet Paper Dispenser, Stall 1, The 2nd Floor Ladies Toilet in the Student Union, Melbourne University Parkville.
This is rad, except for the fact that the URL is incorrect ! It should be 101vagina.com, not vagina101.com.
Aha, the error has been corrected :)
Dear Vaginas :)
Over 30% of the photographic work is now done !
I have noticed that all the women who have participated so far have been white, white, white and mainly in their 20’s to 30’s. I would love it if some colour, culture and age variation were represented.
So, if you have some lovely darker skin, come from a non-anglo/european culture or have a few more years under your belt, or if you know someone who does who you think might be interested in getting involved then please get in touch or pass it on.
But don’t be put off if you are young and white, I’m not closing the door to anyone, just putting a call for diversity out there.
Also, even if you have not been or do not want to be photographed, you are very welcome to share a vagina story on the blog: http://www.101vagina.com/category/vagina-stories/
In other news I have now heard of two examples of “101vagina.com” appearing as graffiti in women’s toilets :) I’m loving the “life of it’s own” this project is getting.
Here it is in the womens toilet at the Espy :)
Well, that was a quick skip from 10% to 20% completion of the photographic work!
The project is chugging along at a great pace and I’m loving everything about it.
I’m also excited to see another two Vagina Stories posted on the blog since sending out the last message, thank you so much to the contributors.
So, if you would like to have your vagina photographed for inclusion in the project or you just want to share a vagina story please get in touch :)
The 10% milestone is past :)
I’m loving the fact that it’s now spreading to friends of friends ! If you know someone who might be up for it shoot them an invite.
Also, I’m still keen to get some stories up on the site blog, so if you have an inspirational, traumatic, interesting, funny, strange, serious, etc. etc, vagina story that would would like to share with the world then mail it through. They will be anonymous also unless you tell me otherwise.
You’re all awesome !