News and Views
News and Views about the project.
Here is a blog post by Lauren, a participant, plugging the project :)
“I’ve been lucky enough to take part in a wonderfully empowering and moving photography project by Philip Werner, the 101 Vagina Project.
His aim is to create a coffee table book of photographs of women, front on, showing the hips and mons pubis, accompanied by writings from women about their vaginas and their story with their body. Philip has currently taken 63 photos with an aim to take 101, as suggested by the title. Funds raised from the book will go towards the V-day fund, established by Eve Ensler, to end violence against women.
Even from the few pictures currently on the front page of the website (one of which is mine!) it is clear how much beauty there is in the diversity of women’s shapes, sizes and colours, and the end product will be a truly stunning celebration of the many shades of women’s experience of their bodies and sexuality.
It’s a beautiful idea and one that Philip obviously truly believes in, and that genuine drive to empower women to tell their bodies’ stories comes through in the work.
Women in and around Melbourne, I really can’t encourage you enough to like the page on Facebook and join the event page, and to get in touch with Philip to take part in this project. Please don’t think this is a project only for the stick thin, either; I did my part to represent curvier women. (Not a euphemism, I’m quite hour-glassy!) I know Philip has tried hard to include a really broad range of women’s shapes, sizes, and colours, and that diversity will make the end product all the more exciting.
If you’re not local to Melbourne, I encourage you to have a look at the site, consider writing a piece for the blog, and to keep your eyes peeled for a future launch of the coffee table book.”
Dear Supporters of 101 Vagina :)
Wow ! Half way !
I’m almost a little sad that it’s going so quick because I’m loving every aspect and every moment of this project. Loving all the amazing support from all the amazing women involved.
Loving talking about vaginas in public places, since that is almost all people seem to talk to me about these days :) And loving reports of the conversations the project is triggering in the wider community.
Loving the heartfelt sharing of intimate vagina stories, whether privately in conversation or publicly through the blog. Loving that they are touching and moving people.
In these regards the project is already fulfilling it’s purpose, long before the book is finished, let alone published. Slowly lifting the taboo and spreading vagina love as far and wide as possible!
The lack of love that vaginas receive (in mainstream society) has become so ingrained, so endemic, that people don’t even seem to notice, because nobody wants to look at the issue. This is what a taboo is. It’s just become unquestioned “reality”. So much so that many people take offence and/or feel confronted by this most sacred part of human experience. Taboos lead to distortion and exploitation.
This is the veil that the project seeks to lift, and by all accounts is already lifting.
And it’s your love that’s lifting it ! So, keep pumping out the love :)
One way you can do that is to get a vagina story to me for the blog. I know there are a few of you out there who have written some things and are sitting on them ;)
Send it in, get it out there and share the love !
Have a look here for some inspiration:https://www.101vagina.com/blog/
Thank you, thank you, thank you :)
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: https://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 :)