Women4Real launches issues-raiser video, “Painful Sex vs. ‘Normal’ Sex: The Differences Explained With Food”

Alongside Eves Volcano, I am a co-director of innovative health and communications consultancy, Women4Real. Check out our new issues-raiser video on You Tube, “Painful Sex vs. ‘Normal’ Sex: The Differences Explained With Food”!

Our new short film highlights a ‘burning issue’ and offers a red-hot response to a viral video phenomenon that’s had 9 million views…

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FILM (2 mins)

Research indicates that 16% of women will develop vulvodynia at some stage in their lives and this under-diagnosed health condition can be a cause of painful sex. That equates to a staggering 3.2 million women in the UK who are denied what most of us take for granted as a basic human right, let alone be able to aspire to the mind-blowing sex lives we’re led to believe are the ‘norm’. Symptoms include vulval burning and soreness, usually caused by proliferation of nerve fibres in the vulval skin.

In recent weeks, Kornhaber Brown’s superb short film, “Porn Sex vs. Real Sex: The Differences Explained With Food”, has gone viral across social media with more than nine million views on YouTube. We loved the film’s humour and creativity as an issues-raiser and were inspired to bring some hot sauce to the table (along with a frankfurter, a finger roll and a creatively spliced chilli) to highlight another burning issue: painful sex and vulvodynia. The result is our short film, “Painful Sex vs. ‘Normal’ Sex: The Differences Explained With Food”.

For an FAQ about this project please visit www.women4real.com, where you can also view the film. Women4Real is improving patient care for women with vulvodynia by developing an expert network, a CPD programme for GPs and health professionals, a mindfulness-based self-care course for women, new research and treatment options and further arts and media projects.

Support the 'Giving Women and Young Girls a Voice' competition – hurry, closing date is 31st July!

I’m supporting ‘NCW Giving Women and Young Girls a Voice’, a competition run by The National Council of Women, Great Britain:

“What are the major concerns of the younger generation? What is holding women back and preventing them fulfilling their potential?

The influential National Council of Women is holding a prestigious national competition – asking girls and young women under 30 to write about their concerns. The overall winner will be invited to New York in March 2014 to attend the United Nations” annual Commission on the Status of Women Conference.

We want to know: If you could influence Government to take action on one issue to improve the lives of women and girls, what would it be?

Entrants must write a proposal and argument, in 300-500 words for entrants aged 13-18 and a maximum of 750 words for those aged 19-30. The closing date is 31st July 2013.”

This is a great opportunity to #speakout on all sorts of issues facing women today and I hope there will be some entries from young women keen to raise awareness and improve government policy on sexual health. A recent UK Sex Census revealed that 12% of women regularly find sex painful and unfulfilling – that equates to more than 2.5 million women in the UK who are denied what most of us take for granted as a basic human right, let alone be able to aspire to the mind-blowing sex lives we’re led to believe are the ‘norm’.

The government has just pledged £35 million to help eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) worldwide within a generation which is fantastic news and will help put an end to this barbaric practice, but will they also be willing to inject this level of funding into the other causes of vulval pain which affect millions of women worldwide? Research indicates that up to 16% of women suffer from vulval pain and would benefit from greater NHS funding for research, diagnosis, treatment and care.

For more info:

www.ncwgb.org

www.women4real.com

www.vulvalpainsociety.org

Join me at Minge Fringe where I’ll be reading extracts from my forthcoming book, Eve’s Volcano – Saturday 18th May

Join me on Saturday 18th May, when I’ll be speaking at Minge Fringe  at Brighton Arts Club, as part of The Brighton Festival and Fringe. The event will comprise “an amazing array of Vagina art and performances celebrating the female form.”

It all kicks off at 3pm with live street art from Emma Buggy, then I’m on at 4pm, reading extracts from my forthcoming book, Eve’s Volcano. I’ll also be talking briefly about an innovative research programme I’m undertaking with my Women4Real colleague, Sabine Tyrvainen – we’re looking for women to volunteer an hour of their time to have their brainwaves scanned using neurofeedback, to help us develop a cognitive management programme for chronic sexual pain.

The line-up also includes poetry and performance art from artist Marga Beuth, Doctor Bongo, Persia West, Nikki Heywood and the fabulous Colette Nolan.

 

Women4Real – offering new insights and options for the 2.5 million women in the UK who find sex painful and unfulfilling

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Exciting news! Women4Real is now up and running. My business partner Sabine Tyrvainen and I have just launched our innovative new health & communications consultancy. Our business focuses on what’s REAL in terms of women’s sexual experience, offering newinsights and options for women and working with a diverse range of organisations and businesses to bring about a large-scale shift in both the perception and treatment of chronic sexual pain.

A recent UK Sex Census reveals that 12% of women regularly find sex painful and unfulfilling – that equates to more than 2.5 million women in the UK who are denied what most of us take for granted as a basic human right, let alone be able to aspire to the mind-blowing sex lives we’re led to believe are the ‘norm’.

At Women4Real we are determined to make a positive difference to the 2.5 million women in the UK who are currently unable to experience fulfilling sex lives and relationships due to chronic sexual pain (as a result of conditions such as Vulvodynia, Vulval Pain, Chronic Thrush, Vaginismus and other health issues).

Whilst some superb organisations and charities exist to support women with these conditions (we are working closely with several of them) we are focusing our energy and expertise on bringing about a wider shift not only in awareness, support and treatment options but in cultural attitudes and expectations around sexuality.

Please sign up to our mailing list to receive info about our projects and events and follow us on twitter

www.women4real.com

@Women4Real

Centrefold film launches today – www.thecentrefoldproject.org

The Centrefold Project, an innovative animated film about labiaplasty, is now available to the public. You can view it, download it and use it as a resource for FREE at www.thecentrefoldproject.org . An accompanying documentary, featuring interviews with leading clinicians Sarah Creighton and Lih-Mei Liao, from University College Hospitals London, further explores the issues surrounding so-called “designer vagina” surgery.

Over the past decade, female genital cosmetic surgery has increased by a staggering 500%, with girls as young as 11 approaching doctors to request surgery, concerned about the appearance of their genitals. Centrefold takes an innovative and balanced approach to this controversial topic, following three women, aged 24 -41 through their different experiences of labiaplasty (surgery to trim or remove the labia). By documenting what is involved in the procedure and its varying outcomes, the film seeks to offer a non-judgemental view of labia surgery and to encourage informed discussion.

I joined the project last year as a PR consultant and we launched the film in London last week with a special screening and panel discussion to an invited audience of media, cosmetic surgeons, health workers and leaders of women’s organisations. Dr Phil Hammond chaired a heated discussion between audience members and our panel which included the film’s director Ellie Land, feminist author Susie Orbach, body sculptor Jamie McCartney (who created The Great Wall of Vagina) and clinicians Sarah Creighton and Lih-Mei Liao.

Join the debate and have your say at www.thecentrefoldproject.org… Is labiaplasty anti-female ‘pornification’, or an empowering personal choice?

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