The Great Wall of Vagina - Jamie McCartney
Jamie made molds of the vaginas of women between 18 and 76 years. Among others, they include twins and transgender women. Women are often confused about their vagina, because they think it looks different: with this project he demonstrates that vaginas are as different as faces. McCartney hopes that his work will help to stop the increasing growth of labia corrections in recent years.
The orgasm is no longer a mere biological function used in procreation, nor the side effect of casual pleasure … it is the very centre of the human experience and ultimately determines the happiness of the human race.”
- Wilhelm Reich
In 2013 I made this multimedia clip with the intention of creating more awareness and a deeper understanding of the female orgasm. My passion lies in empowering more women to discover their own body, their own sexuality, their unique path to orgasm and ultimately, sexual freedom.
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As a young woman I experimented with my sexuality freely, openly and with confidence. When reflecting on my first sexual experience it was with a girl, we were both 14 years old.
Entering womanhood I found myself enjoying sex with both men and women, but mostly men. I was lucky enough to fall in love with more than one man during my twenties and at age 24 I was blessed with becoming a Mum to my beautiful daughter. I was in a loving relationship and happy and yet I knew deep down that I still had more to experience, more to explore.
During these years of exploration and change I never questioned my sexual attractions; instead I embraced myself as a sexual being and encouraged others to do the same. My long-term relationship ended and I expressed my desires and fantasies openly to my new sexual partners and always felt a deep respect and love from those whom I shared myself with.
Within my friendship circle I was the friend who kissed other girls at parties, who openly admitted enjoying the softness of another woman. Often friends would ask me if I could see myself one day falling in love with a woman. My response was always the same, ‘Women are beautiful, I love being intimate and sexual with women, but I could never be in a serious relationship with a woman.’ I remember saying this over and over. At the time, it was the right answer to give.
Reflecting on my comments I realise that I had a fairytale fantasy to uphold; fall in love with the ‘man of my dreams’ and live happily ever after with a house full of children. Obviously the possibility of falling in love with a woman didn’t fit comfortably into this fairytale and so I dismissed the idea altogether.
Then, at age 29, I met her. At age 31 I am still endlessly in love with her.
She gets excited about hot sexy lingerie, day spas and happy endings. She smells like fruity shampoo and freshly sunned skin. Her body is smooth, tanned and clean. She leaves me love notes, takes me to 5-star luxury hotels midweek and embraces me with the utmost love when I’m being a moody high-maintenance bitch/goddess. She’s a woman, she’s not what I’m used to when it comes to commitment and relationship, but she’s now my Everything, my Beloved.
Being with a woman romantically and sexually doesn’t automatically put me into the ‘lesbian’ or ‘bisexual’ box. It means I am open to love and now open to sharing my life with another soul, regardless of their gender or sexual identity.
I believe sexuality is fluid, meaning that throughout our lifetime it is normal and natural for people to explore their sexuality, identifying as either all or nothing in the LGBTIQ alphabet.
Falling in love with a woman was unexpected; it challenged my fairytale ideal and challenged my sexual identity. And yet, it has been by far the most intimate, loving and passionate relationship that I have encountered and I feel truly grateful that I opened myself up and let her in, that she chose me, just as I have chosen her.
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"Anatomy of a Female Orgasm" collage art by bedelgeuse. Created for the 30th annual exotic art show.
As Women I believe in the power of telling each other how beautiful birth can be. Birth is beautiful, empowering and magical. This story is just perfect.
Mias Birth Story
I was born at home, and so when I fell pregnant I never considered ever doing anything other than a home birth for my own child. A few people expressed their concerns about homebirths and some were horrified at the idea of a home birth in Bali, but we were sure it was the right thing to do. Giving birth only happens a few times in your life so I wanted to make sure it was the best it could be for me and my baby. I wanted to create a belly-sanctuary for my baby and with the help of Jas, my very own personal Ayurvedic guru, I ate wholesome, body-goodness foods to help create a beautiful, healthy child.
Living in Bali is a pregnancy paradise. I was able to regularly treat myself physically and mentally- I practiced daily yoga and meditation, plenty of beach walks, regular massages, facials & manipedis. I visited my acupuncturist almost every 2-3wks to keep my body balanced, my energy high and my baby happy. I also had regular checkups with an Ayurvedic doctor who helped keep me super healthy and strong. Basically I spent 9 months living and eating well, preparing my body and soul for what was to come.
Towards the end of my pregnancy, my acupuncturist told me she thought I was a model of perfect pregnancy health! Gold star for me! So when my delivery day was near I felt totally prepared both physically and mentally. Ziggy must have been ready too, because he came a day early!
On Sunday 10th November 2013, a day before I was due, I woke early in the morning to a big red moon sitting low in the sky. Jas was awake too with Jimi Hendrix’ Voodoo Child’ rolling through his mind - ‘well the night I was born, lord I swear the moon turned a fiery red’.
A while later, about 8am, I was sitting in meditation when I felt my first contraction- just like a burst of energy rushing through me. Without ever having experienced it before I wasn’t 100% sure this was ‘it’, until they kept coming. We thought we would meet our little human by that evening, but we were in for a surprise!
Jas made me some delish scrambled eggs and called the midwives, Erin & Lianne to let them know it was happening and also asked Marta, my cranio therapist/doula for assistance. We put on some music and I spiralled my way around the room from couch to fit ball and back again working through the increasingly frequent contractions. By the time Marta arrived, I had found myself a good spot under the shower in the outdoor bathroom. My contractions were getting really strong and the hot water on my back helped to relieve some of the pressure.
I remember after a particularly strong contraction, I reached out to Kali, Ganesh, Shiva, Buddha and the Mother Goddess to give me strength. After asking for divine intervention I remember looking at the sun through closed eyes and felt a colourful wave of orange, red and yellow energy wash over me. While the contractions didn’t ease, I felt empowered and confident and allowed me to completely surrender and let my body do what it was made to do. While Marta was in the bathroom working on me, Jas was busy filling the birth tub and feeding me frozen chunks of watermelon ( delicious like cold, sweet hydrating candy! I highly recommend!) and plenty of coconut water.
A few hours had passed and by this time, my contractions were really strong and felt like there was almost no break in between. I felt like i was ready to get into the tub so Jas called the midwives and gave a progress report. They were just down the road ordering a coffee and were surprised to hear its happening so fast.
I had just got into the tub when they arrived, and i was ready to start pushing. i had no concept of time or what was going on around me - i had gone completely inside myself, focusing on my breath and moving the energy down and out. Jas stayed with me holding my hands, massaging my back and feeding me coconut water silently preparing himself to catch the baby when it was time. After a couple more intense contractions, and only 4 hours after it all started, our little boy was born into this world. He was a “Caul Birth” which means he was still in the embryonic sack when he came out. This is apparently super rare and considered lucky in many cultures. He also had a heart shaped placenta for extra specialness :)
Jas caught him in the pool, and was overwhelmed with emotion- afterwards he said it was the most surreal experience to hold a new little soul in his hands and see him look up from under the water still breathing through the umbilical cord completely unfazed by what had just happened.
Jas and the midwives held him in front of me for a few moments while I took it all in, before placing him in my arms. What a perfect little human. I told him I loved him, the sun was shining and there was a big, beautiful world out there waiting for him. The midwives left the room almost immediately and the 3 of us just basked in the beautiful moment. He was super alert and completely silent apart from the gasping sound when he took his first breath. After about 10 minutes Jas whispered a vedic baby mantra into his ear to let him know he had arrived at the right place.
Eyes bright, completely calm and perfectly wonderful in every way, Ziggy Ru Shankar had come into our lives like a shooting star straight from the heavens and we couldn’t be happier.
In hindsight, I’ve come to realise how important the 9months prior to the birth are. Its such an amazing time to prepare your mind and body for the intensity of birth and with the right amount of preparation I think you could avoid a lot of complications and have a safe, completely natural birth. After all, it is said that childbirth is equivalent to 7 years mediation and that if every woman gave birth naturally we could change the planet for the better in one generation!
"And that’s the curious thing about orgasms: they are not gender or sexual orientation dependent. They are unpredictable, surprising, individual (and sometimes multiple). They can be accompanied by tears and laughter; induced by pain and pleasure."
"I believe in kissing, in kissing a lot."
"My favourite thing is to go where I’ve never been."