We want your sex organ selfies! We want to dispel the myth that every sex organ looks the same and will be featuring hundreds of genitals and breasts in our upcoming issue. There is no normal! Submit yours anonymously here.
Denim talk Sex & Drag, a short film by Stroma Cairns specially commissioned for the Sex Issue. The drag troupe Denim talk intimately to Ladybeard about the relationship between sex, sexuality, gender and desire.
In anticipation of the launch of The Sex Issue, we brought together 5 extraordinary contributors to the magazine for a discussion of 'SEX: myth-making and taboo'. The panellists included sex worker Melina Antunes, sex and disability advisor Alex Cowan, maker and curator of feminist porn Petra Joy and founder of My Body Back Pavan Amara, an initiative to help rape survivors reclaim their sexuality. Our chair was Dr Meg John Barker, a sex and relationship therapist and senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University. The result was an honest, funny and explosive discussion of the stigma and stereotypes that surround disability, rape, sex work and porn – the challenges we face as a society and the progress we have made. To hear the discussion for yourself, follow the link below.
Our pilot issue is an exploration of how the body is presented in mainstream media, and an attempt to rupture narrow definitions of beauty. This issue explores the space between the body that is shown in advertisements and magazines, and the bodies that exist. The arts and editorials concentrate upon bodies that are underrepresented to the extent that they simply cease to appear in mainstream media – bodies that are bisexual, transgender, mixed-raced. Click here for highlights from The Body Issue, including work by the award winning photographer Nadav Kander, life drawing and an unexpected take on ‘Mother and Child’ by Nick Morris.
Ladybeard spent the weekend of International Women’s Day (Sunday 8 March) at the Southbank Centre for Women of the World festival. WOW is a week-long festival of talks, performances, exhibitions and workshops that celebrate female achievement and look at the most potent topics for women today. We caught up with some of the speakers over the weekend to ask them what ‘womanhood’ meant to them. Read a selection of the interviews here.