Yesterday I was interviewed by Josiane of Magazine Muses. They are a new French quarterly print publication for women distributed mainly in Quebec province.
Today they posted the article online and I used an online translation app to help me read it; Josiane’s English is much better than my French. It must be difficult for journalists to condense a conversation down into an article. We spoke about many related things and it was from her that I learned that there is no longer any dedicated sex education in French speaking schools in Montreal (she didn’t know about the English speaking schools). I was stunned!
I thought there was a global trend towards better, more comprehensive sex education, so to hear that a place as progressive as Montreal was going backwards in this field was disturbing.Â But that’s another story!
Below is her story about 101 Vagina.
I was honoured by Dr Berta Davis’ attendance at the L.A. launch of the 101 Vagina book on 5th April 2014. A couple of days later I caught up with her for an interview.
Dr Davis speaks about the 101 Vagina book from her perspective of having been a Sex Therapist for 30 years, clinical psychologist for 35 years, and currently running the couple and sex therapy training program at UCLA.
“I think the book is doing something that no other piece of literature has done … to have been able to capture the aesthetics of femininity as well as the personal narrative.”
Berta has a charming, positive, kind and humble presence and it was a great pleasure and honour to meet with her and receive such a strong endorsement of the 101 Vagina book.
Often in today’s culture we seem to value pop psychology, bombastic claims and numbers of followers over simple, humble experience gained over many years of dedicated work. Dr Davis stands as a great testament to the value of the latter!
See Dr Davis’ website here: https://bertadavis.com
Recorded 7th April 2014 at Dr Davis’ office in Encino, CA.
Dr Hernando Chaves is an MFT therapist and Professor of Human Sexuality. He writes and lectures extensively on the subject.
I approached Hernando over a year ago when the project was in it’s infancy and we’ve been communicating about it since them.
It was great to finally meet at the exhibition and book launch in Los Angeles and to catch up for an interview. Hernando is positive and energetic and passionately engaged in the issues around sex education.
“It’s really important for men to get to know what women are thinking and experiencing.”
See Dr Chaves’ website here: https://drhernandochaves.com/
Recorded on 7th April 2014.
Interviews with three of the attendees at the 101 Vagina Exhibition and Book Launch at Think Tank Gallery in Los Angeles.
Always so great to see when 101 Vagina hits the spot for people :)
Ebri: “It was overwhelming in the best way possible.”
Rachael: “I felt like it was really well handled, and really caring.”
George: “It kinda made me wish I had a vagina.”
Sabrina: “I had considered labiaplasty”
Masha: “At first I felt a little overwhelmed.”
I finally got around to editing interviews of visitors to the 101 Vagina Book Exhibition in Melbourne.
Various people’s responses to the book and exhibition express a range of emotions that often took the viewers by surprise.
This exhibition was part of the 2013 Melbourne Fringe arts festival in September/October 2013.
You can also listen to the audio file through the player below.
They called to ask me onto the show in response to an article I wrote in the Good Men Project titled “Getting over shame through nude photography“.
Most of the discussion is more about the 101 Penis project I’m working on, but also body image shame generally and also the 101 Vagina project.
I was very excited to be live on TV for the first time on Channel 31!
Friday 27 September 2013
The Comic Box were doing a series of interviews of artists that were participating in the Melbourne Fringe arts festival. Normally they have a focus on theatre and performance art, but for the fringe they branch out and interview a broad range of art.
The other interviews are edited out, but the show intro and credits remain. It’s a bit kooky, but I think I got the main messages out there well enough :)
Thanks to the crew who put it together, all voluntarily !