* Vulvodynia is a persistent, unexplained chronic pain that effects the vulvar area and occurs without an identifiable cause. It has only recently been recognised by doctors as a real syndrome.* * Bulimia is an emotional disorder involving distortion of body image and an obsessive desire to lose weight, in which bouts of extreme … Continue reading Suzanne’s Story
By taking Sassy up to the North of Romania revealed a dramatic change in mindset from the South. Introducing the people of Maramures; one man, one Swiss, one teen, one inspiring woman! Chapter 2 Maramures Mentality Stories written by Bethany Burgoyne Illustrated by Bethany Burgoyne
This month I have been exploring the relationships women have with their bodies; what effects their self-confidence and where insecurities grow from. When I asked Rosa if she would be involved with this month's project of Embodying, she suggested I painted her body. This process and the conversations we had throughout exposed a fragile side to one of the most confident women I know. As we discussed … Continue reading When I feel the most vulnerable? Stripping down to the naked truth.
Yoga, in many different ways, gives you the tools to cope with daily life. That's what it does for me. The way I teach Yoga is about moving intuitively with your body and not against it. It's less about the external shape that you make and more about how it feels physically, something which most of … Continue reading From Ballet to Yoga, Helena Crabtree talks about how it feels to move.
Steph was part of the latest Sassy Event, Mentioning Menstruation, where women came together to talk openly about their periods. Here, Steph shares her own history of using contraception and the questions she's asking herself since hearing other women's stories. 'I was on the phone to someone yesterday and they asked me what medication … Continue reading Steph Reed asks the question: “What am I happy about”.
With a history of working for women's health in Auckland, New Zealand, Marjorie discusses her involvement in running a special clinic for premenstrual syndrome (PMS), working to find ways to help each individual woman's needs. Can you explain what Premenstrual syndrome is? Premenstrual syndrome refers to the symptoms you get in the luteal phase (the last part) of the cycle, before the period comes. The experiences of women is hugely varied as are the symptoms. With that in mind, the … Continue reading Let’s talk PMS
I first remember getting my period, aged 14, as I approached the front steps of my parent’s house, feeling this liquid slipping out in the weirdest manner. After astonishing yet thrilling confirmation in the bathroom, I lined my underwear with toilet paper and contemplated the brownish blood that I had found there. Finally, menstruation had arrived. I remember feeling … Continue reading About My Period by Giulia Mangoni
I've always had problems with my periods. I've had them too often. My cycle would be last for 20 days, sometimes less, between 15 –18 days. Losing a lot of blood would make me more tired. I found having a period annoying, disgusting, making me reject the experience. But then I questioned the idea of using the blood in my art to change … Continue reading Artist Odilia Suanzes’s works on paper celebrate the beauty of a Menstrual Cycle
After spending the last two months talking with women about their Menstrual Cycle, I am happy to present a collection of stories that have been shared as well as clips from the Sassy Event 'Mentioning Menstruation'. 'Mentioning Menstruation' brought 18 women together to partake in an open conversation. After an introduction by myself (including a … Continue reading Mentioning Menstruation
The end of the year tends to encourage conversations on the speed of time passing, reflecting on all that's been achieved, the shit that we've survived and the ability to drink consecutively for an impressive number of days. The words "New Year's Resolution" have been spilling out of mouths and buzzing between ears. A top … Continue reading The New Year’s Resolution