Letters of support

Letters of support sent in from friends and randoms.

Jennifer Burton - Psychotherapist

Hi Philip,

I live in southern California and heard about Vagina 101 from a Facebook post on the Good Vibrations page. They are a wonderful sex positive organization/sex shop(s) based in the bay area in northern California. I did share the post on my Facebook page as well and I will also pass on the link to a sex positive therapist colleague of mine in the hopes that she will spread the word around the community here.

As a licensed psychotherapist I see the impact of body issues on women every day.

I hope the project gets fully funded. Best of luck to you!

Warmly,
Jennifer

w: jenniferburtonmft.com
e: jburtonmft@yahoo.com

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I am loving it!

Hey there,

I’ve seen your posters alllll over Brunswick St, and I have to say I.am.loving.it!

After 25 years of not accepting my ‘female bits’, I’ve finally said enough is enough! I want to love my whole self, including the bits seen as ‘dirty’ amongst society and throughout the years & faiths. Women are beautiful, loving, intuitive creatures, and we need to start believing in that- and LIVING that! For ourselves, and for the sake of future generations.

I’d be more than happy to pop some posters around if you need help with that?

Ooh and also, something else that has helped me get so in touch with myself is the Mooncup… I can’t even begin to describe what a difference it has made to my life! They’re someone you could send a message to, or post your link on their Facebook wall…? Just a thought!

Tameka

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Get together and compare !

Hi Philip

Wow, I saw the Vagina Monologues in London back in 2005, so I can understand why the show inspired you. Fantastic!

The ’101vagina’ project got me thinking - what a good relationship I have with mine. That I’ve only ever had caring and sensitive lovers (and only very kind doctors that I truly trusted), who have treated mine with great respect. Probably because I wouldn’t allow anythings less :-)

When I was in my early 20s, out having drinks with my 3 closest girlfriends (2 of which were lesbians, one of which was bisexual - so we were a bit more ‘liberal thinking’ than most girls), my best friend commented that she thought her clitoris was very long! Another friend admitted that she had ‘large inner labia lips’ (but loved them), and I commented quite candidly - that I’d only recently discovered- one of mine was much longer than the other! We all decided in the end, to get together and compare!! (The things you do after a few cocktails, LOL!)

It was a really amazing experience to see other women’s vaginas - in all their unique detail. You can’t help but notice the many little differences. I think we all felt quite awed (and privileged) to share such a naturally curious and intimate experience. Woman normally just don’t ever see other women’s privates (except in silly soft porn images, which are so unreal it’s just plain ridiculous).

It was then that I realised … our vaginas are as diverse as our faces! Small/big noses, thin/thick lips, pink/tan/brown colouring, soft/wiry hair, etc. And I suddenly appreciated that my own vagina was perfecty fine, exactly as it was :-)

I think the more art & film projects that show ‘real’ women’s bodies, and just how wonderfully different we are, the more educated and empowered women become - ie. confident girlfriends/wives, and strong mothers - and it makes the world a more supportive, concsious, loving place to be.

Kind regards
Angela

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“Aware & Proud”

Hey Philip,

Great idea! :)

I would love to be involved, both by being photographed & by writing a short piece or paragraph.

It took me many years to feel comfortable with my vagina - to even look at it, properly, in a mirror. I used to think it was vulgar & something taboo, to be hidden & ashamed of. Much of that was to do with my early childhood sexual experiences - against my will.

I now think it is beautiful - a work of art :) MUCH healing has taken place for me over the years. I am 37 this year. It has only been approx 5yrs since I became more aware & proud of & in touch with my sexuality, and sexual organs.

What an amazing & empowering experience!

I highly commend you, for this magnificent idea! Women all over, even without any experience of sexual misconduct, are often shameful & afraid of their luscious womanly ‘parts’.

Such a book will bring awareness, self confidence - and probably a giggle :) to women - and men alike.

I am in!! :D

Shreya Xx

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“Beautiful flower”

Hello there,

Good on you for such a remarkable idea! I am already trying to think of how I can have such a wonderful book in my house without my step children finding it. Or how I can get down to Melbourne, from Brisbane, so that I can participate. Although, I am a little disappointed that you are only taking a front on view, because I’ve always found puss’s to be the most beautiful flower when they are opened up and there is so much detail and difference when you can see the whole thing. I also understand that you would probably get much less participation if that was the prerequisite. So, fair play. Also, I guess, it might be seen as a wank book if you showed open flowers. I digress.

As I really couldn’t get down to Melbourne until September, I might try to write something worth showing.

Bravo to you - I wish you good luck in all that you endeavour,

Becca x

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