Body Language: Part Two

Taking back sensual language.

Why do we so rarely talk about our sensuality? Because there are shockingly few words for us to use, let alone to initiate authentic conversation!

In the “Sensuality” section of The Breast Archives, when women focused on their sensual and erotic breast experiences, a certain verbal specificity was needed in order for them to both make a point and authentically share their stories. Invariably, when these moments occurred, the women would pause and begin to ask, “Can I say that? How can I explain that? Is it ok for me to use those words?”

Why? Why do we need permission to say the word “nipple,” or “masturbation?” Or “orgasm?” These are words central to our experience not only as women, but as human beings. Let’s talk about our experiences with our bodies. Let’s listen to one another, and let’s reclaim words like vulva and bosom or craft new ones so that we can connect more deeply with each other.

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