Self-help and self-observation workshops • My sexo blog

The self-help movement, born in the 1970s in the United States, seeks to give women back knowledge about their bodies. Knowledge of its anatomy, the menstrual cycle, contraception… this movement claims knowledge of women for themselves, instead of entrusting this knowledge only to gynecological doctors.

I have already mentioned here the new edition of the book Our Bodies, Ourselves (Our Bodies, Ourselves), flagship work of this movement, which presents information on women and their bodies.

The Let’s Chatte podcast devoted a bonus issue to self-observation.
We hear women coming out of a self-observation workshop led by two women, in which they were able to discuss, discover the vulva of other women *, but also, for those who wished, explore theirs and even the inside of the vagina and the cervix by placing a speculum in their vagina themselves.

To listen on:
https://soundcloud.com/letschatte/lauto-observation

To find out more about self-help:
A short report on RTL: what is self help?
The book “Know Thyself, Guide to Self-Observation of the Female Sex”
Auscultate your cat during self-examination workshops, an act as militant as it is reassuring (Madmoizelle article)

In Caen, the Self Help Normandie association regularly offers self-observation workshops.
All the info on www.facebook.com/selfhelpnormandie

This association also offers evenings devoted to limiting beliefs in sexuality, as well as workshops “Your girl at the gynecologist”

* This question of the appearance of the body, the sex, and the complexes and negative visions that one can maintain, fascinates me.
The workshops that I conducted in Caen with Body Material around the body, especially performance Museum of human, were also based on this idea: being able to see, and even observe closely, the naked body of other people, is a rare and “overwhelming” moment.

On this question of the image of sex, see in particular Slate’s article on The vulva release front.
I will try to do an article devoted specifically to this question.

We also remember the artistic performance of Annie Sprinkle public cervix annoncement, in 1990, where, with a speculum open in her vagina, she invited the public to discover her anatomy. This performance has been replayed many times since. What makes Annie Sprinkle say that the uterus is ” such a beautiful creation, but most people live their entire lives and miss the chance to see one. Over the years I have given thousands of people this rare opportunity« .

© Annie Sprinkle

For certain diseases linked to female sexuality, such as vaginismus, ignorance of one’s body is one of the factors that is often associated – knowing one’s body and one’s sex is therefore a form of prevention.

Cover photos © The vulva galery


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