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Lynn Enright on Vagina: A Re-Education

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Lynn Enright, author and journalist, is coming to Bell House to discuss her first book, Vagina: A Re-Education.

From earliest childhood, girls are misled about their bodies, encouraged to describe their genitalia with cute and silly names rather than anatomically correct terms. In our schools and in our culture, we are coy about women’s bodies while putting straight men’s sexuality front and centre. Girls grow up feeling ashamed about their periods, about the appearance of their vulvas, about their own desires. They grow up without a full and honest sex education, and this lack of knowledge has serious consequences.

Vagina provides girls and women with information they need about their own bodies - about the vagina, the hymen, the clitoris, the orgasm; about conditions like endometriosis and vulvodynia. It confronts taboos, such as abortion, miscarriage, infertility and masturbation. It tackles vital social issues like period poverty, female genital mutilation and the rights of transgender women. It is honest and moving as Lynn Enright shares her personal stories but this is about more than one woman - this is a book that will provoke thousands of conversations. We urgently need to talk about women’s sexual and reproductive health, about our experiences of sex and pregnancy and pain and pleasure. Vagina: A Re-Education will help us do just that.

Lynn Enright is a Dublin-born, London-based journalist who writes about feminism, current affairs, women’s health, fashion, the arts, politics and pop culture.

Tickets are £5 which includes a glass of wine or soft drink. We also encourage donations (monetary or period products) to Bloody Good Period which we will collect on the evening and can be added at checkout.

Books will be sold at £12 by Village Books, Dulwich, and will be available on the night as well as at checkout.

Bursary tickets are available, for more information please email [email protected]

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