Vagina Dialogues: Challenging Stigmas around Menstruation, Menopause and Female Sexuality | University of Oxford

Vagina Dialogues: Challenging Stigmas around Menstruation, Menopause and Female Sexuality

Speaker
Dr Annalise Weckesser
Event date
Event time
17:00 - 18:00
Venue
Ewert House
Ewert Place
Summertown
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 7SG
Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Recommended

Communication taboos surround many aspects of women’s health and wellbeing, from menstruation to menopause to sexual pleasure.  This presentation will briefly discuss the historical and socio-cultural roots of such stigmas before outlining the latest research on how these taboos come to negatively impact girls’ and women’s health. 

Dr Weckesser will focus on her qualitative research on endometriosis as a case study for how cultural codes of silence around menstruation play a part in the delayed diagnosis of the condition.  She will also discuss her STEAM-funded project, ‘The VQ: A Women’s Health, Sex and Pleasure Pop Up,’ which is an impact initiative that creates spaces and events for women to learn about, and purchase products related to, their (sexual) health.