is a space for conversations you don’t usually get to have

It began in 2000 as a companion to the vagina vérité® v-portrait book project. The original site ran from 2000-2013. It included questionnaires, articles, links and information on vagina-related subjects.

During the summer of 2018, I decided to reboot the project, and I started this version of the website, a blog-based version, to fully insert myself into the work that is ahead, that I don’t fully understand, but just know has to happen.

You might think that someone who photographed over 100 vagina portraits, produced events and the 1500+page website and everything else over the course of ten years was fully in it, but truth be told, even while I held salons and exhibitions in my apartment, on the inside: I always tried to stay out of it, to become invisible. It seemed like whatever I brought to the project was beside the point. Even writing about this, it feels like way too much me and that I should get back to work.

So, while I’m still not comfortable with it—indeed, sitting here at the keyboard, I keep trying to write my way elsewhere before I hit save,—I am affirming: we’ll go forward like this. (Emphasis here is for me). It’ll be blog-based. I will write and invite you to exhibitions and events online and IRL, and do my best to create space for conversations we don’t usually get to have.

What will you find here?

Let’s go through the menu at the top:

  • About gets you started with an introduction to the project.
  • Participate goes over the ways you can be a part of this. We have a lot to do!
  • vv Experiences currently tells about the most recent one, as well as presents the IRL posts attendees shared. One of the two Vagina Festivals is listed there too. I’ll be adding in info about past exhibitions to provide a sense of the project’s history, and will begin updating with upcoming events shortly.
  • The Bodylife Library project describes the latest phase of the work, an outgrowth of the conversations inspired by vagina vérité, combined with my geekiness about open systems and the role of individual stories and experiences in the collective wellbeing.
  • There’s a Blog, where I will be learning how to write, so bear with me on that, as I do my best to keep you updated on progress.
  • Contact—Your ideas are and feedback are appreciated and integral. Comment on posts. Send me a note. Anytime. About anything that moves you here.

Also, there’s —

  • The Story is a compilation of posts about the projects history. Bit by bit, I’m gathering up memories of the initial ten years to share them here.
  • Alexandra Jacoby is a third-person bio page, where I try to show how it happened that I am doing this. It’s early days for 2.0.
  • This experience is for is an outline to help you to feel welcome here.

The site’s mission is to:

      • encourage conversations about vaginas,
      • advocate care and respect for women’s bodies,
      • celebrate individual expression of bodylife and sexuality,
      • inspire curiosity, and
      • promote compassion.

Mainly though, it’s to help deliver the message that when it comes to the female body, normal is diverse, valued, worthy.

So is   just    being    female.