The Birth Pleasure Study: All Systems Go.

The Birth Pleasure Study: All Systems Go.

Friends and colleagues, I am happy to announce that The Birth Pleasure Study has received final approval from my academic advisors and the ethical review board at the California Institute of Integral Studies. I now have the green light to recruit participants for my dissertation study, and I cannot wait to get started on this project. Here’s who can participate: Age 18 and older Have experienced pleasure during labor or while giving birth in the last 12 months Live in Oakland,…

Read More Read More

Soulflower take me flying with you: A birth, a rant, and a prayer

Soulflower take me flying with you: A birth, a rant, and a prayer

“Back in the day, when things were cool… all we needed was…” I was born free, at home. I’ve carried that knowing in my bones. My mother’s third birth, I emerged around dawn on the summer solstice. It’s a story I’d heard countless times. I’m blessed to have been raised with the knowledge and belief that birth is good. “Its more uncomfortable than painful.” “It’s really not that bad.” “Our bodies can do this, they always have.” Now, I know…

Read More Read More

Oppressing Birth: Presentation @ CREGS Summer Institute, June 7, 2018

Oppressing Birth: Presentation @ CREGS Summer Institute, June 7, 2018

I’m so lucky I get to do what I do. I had a fantastic experience presenting at CREGS Summer Institute on Sexuality this week. It feels so good to start of a conversation knowing you’re amongst your people. Zero percent of the room needed to be convinced or explained what patriarchy was, or racism, sexism, white supremacy, or classism. It was also so damn wonderful to be in a room full of sexuality visionaries, gender rebels, superhumans of many stripes….

Read More Read More

Belly Experiment / Tiny Rebellion

Belly Experiment / Tiny Rebellion

It’s hot out. Ok, to be fair, technically its like 74° but, with my molten core, it feels more like 104º. What happened to June Gloom over here? Typically, June in Oakland is kinda chilly, and I usually spend my birthday month freezing my buns off, wrapped in layers like it was January. I was banking on June Gloom – I didn’t want to spend the last month of my pregnancy in a heat wave. Yet, here it is, and…

Read More Read More

Pregnant in public

Pregnant in public

Walking down the sidewalk: “Wow! You look like you’re ready to pop.” Crossing the street: “You look like you’re ready to pop.” Waiting in line for the restroom:  “You look like you’re ready to pop.” In line at a bakery:  “You look like you’re about ready to pop.” In the elevator:  “You look like you’re ready to pop.” Paying for a meal at the airport:  “You look like you’re ready to pop….you sure you’re allowed to fly?” Getting out of a car: “You sure there…

Read More Read More

Putting it all out there as a very pregnant scholar

Putting it all out there as a very pregnant scholar

Here I want to collapse the spaces between the biological and the social, the people and academe, with regard to how we think about birth, mamas, sexuality, culture, and giving life. Here I plan to be irreverent to presently dominant forces while bowing in reverence to mamas and their power, and to mamahood. This will be personal. This will be political. This will be scholarly, analytical, and generally nerdy. This will be fun! Also, this may get weird. Many people…

Read More Read More