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How to Examine Your Cervix

Nora Greene

How to Examine Your Cervix

Nora Greene

How to Examine Your Cervix addresses issues of misinformation and stigma around female anatomy. Female anatomy has been stigmatized over thousands of years with myths persisting around the hymen, clitoris, menstruation, and intercourse that are harmful to women. The cervix is yet another part of the reproductive system that is misunderstood by many women due to the fact that it is largely unseen, except by medical professionals. I was inspired by Bonnie Fortune’s interview with Suzann Gage on the Women’s Health Movement in the 1970s, in which self-examination was used as a tool to gain bodily autonomy. The history of misconceptions and shame around female anatomy, the Feminist Health Movement and the fact that women are the largest consumers of healthcare and pharmaceutical products inspired me to focus on the cervix as a symbol of female empowerment. My senior project is a booklet that compiles information and illustrations on how to examine your own cervix to encourage women to learn more about and explore their own bodies. Though the booklet is geared towards people with cervices, the exhibition is intended to highlight to all viewers the significance of validating and demystifying the female body.