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Bristol Women’s Literature Festival: Emma Rees, The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History

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Sun 15 March 2015

Bristol Women’s Literature Festival: Emma Rees, The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History

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Sun 15 March 2015,

In her new book, academic Emma Rees considers why British and US culture has such a problem when talking about the female body. She maps the long history of advertising that profits from the taboo of the vagina, and she reflects on how writers, artists and filmmakers have been influenced by, or even perpetuate, this ‘shame’.  And it’s not all in the past – the vagina still causes outrage, derision and discomfort today.

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