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Well, one has to be at least a little bit brave to do that. To expose oneself in the circle of other women*, to make oneself more vulnerable and stronger at the same time, to show each other one’s own cervix with the help of speculum and mirror. For some of our (grand)mothers, however, this was a common and political practice. What – why political?
In the second wave of feminism (~1960s-80s) an amazing movement of radical incorporation of health practices formed. Women* met in protected spaces of collective consciousness-raising-groups to see their bodies anew; curiously, appreciatively, seriously. Because patriarchal structures blocked their views of them.
Taking matters into one’s own hands in an inventive way, sharing knowledge and experiences, cooperating in solidarity – this still has empowering effects. And it’s outrageous fun! That’s why in our workshop we pay tribute to the tradition of wayward methods of speculum self-examinations and create a space somewhere between erotic and medical, private and public, experiential- pedagogical and transgressive and actually quite normal…
Does looking at the cervix change how I feel about my gender identity? Do I find it interesting, awesome, queasy, or strange? What does it actually look like, what do I and others see there?
We encourage the exploration of our bodies in both a playful-creative and technical anatomical ways – underpinned by Dr. Theresa’s medical background.
Speculi will be provided by us and can optionally be purchased after the class. Please bring a small mirror and towel if available.
*We use the asterisk because we have no way of knowing if the individuals consistently define(d) themselves as women or prefer(ed) other identity attributions, but the spaces mentioned were designated as women’s circles in an empowering and affirming sense. In our course, people with (even former) cervices are welcome, regardless of gender-identity. If your body doesn’t have a cervix and never had one, then it doesn’t really make sense to participate. But be patient, the next mixed doctor-games-workshop will come, in which speculi can be put anywhere you want… Stay tuned!
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Theresa is a medical doctor and researcher. She is inspired by intersubjective psychotherapy and embodiment practices. Among these are contact impro dance, yin yoga, singing and voice training, acting, Shibari rope play and authentic relating. – www.daringcaring.com
Beata writes and speaks as a cultural theorist about practices of sexual consent, soma studies and the aesthetics of sex education. In doing so, she lovingly and critically examines the so-called se+positive scene for its complex idiosyncrasies and embeds it in its cultural-historical background.
– Please act with care, communication, consent, caution and confidentiality. Honour your boundaries. We rely on your selfresponsibility.
– Hate speech will not be tolerated. Please bring candy speech.
– We reserve the right to ask participants to leave, should their behavior be harmful and we reserve the right to do that without explanations – though we will likely try to explain. Workshop fees would then be fully refunded, further claims are excluded.
– We do our best to meet different needs, though our resources are limited. Contact us if in doubt
Come with a current day test, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery. If you are unable to attend the day of the event because you have Covid symptoms, you will receive a free ticket to our next event. If state regulations don’t allow the event to happen, your ticket will be fully refunded.
Cancellations are free of charge up to eight weeks before the start of the course, up to four weeks before the start of the course a cancellation fee of 20% of the course fee is due, up to two weeks before the start of the course a cancellation fee of 50% is due. Later cancellations and refunds of participant fees are not possible. However, participants can find substitute participants who will take the booked places. In case of cancellation by the organizer, the course fee will be refunded in full. Further claims are excluded.