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UnSilencing the Sexual Body: A Reading & Interactive Conversation

  • Southern Arizona Work Space at Exo Roast Co. 403 North 6th Avenue Tucson, AZ, 85705 United States (map)

How have our bodies been silenced--in medical offices, in our private lives, and on the page? And what might it look like to embrace our sexualities wholeheartedly? Join writer, sexologist, and Narrative Medicine professor Kati Standefer for a short reading and interactive conversation about sex positivity and negativity, how she teaches sex writing, and her work training medical students to respond to the stories patients tell about their bodies.

The conversation is part of city-wide collaboration called UnSilencing Anatomies, inspired by Monica Ong's Silent Anatomies, designed to promote critical thinking about the medical humanities and related questions of access/justice and racial/gender inequality. The series asks how art and storytelling can disrupt cultural invisibility and impact health disparities and public safety. UnSilencing provides space for community conversation, reflection, and body-based storytelling. Initiated by feminist Kore Press, the project's partners include the University of Arizona, Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, La Pilita, and other cultural, health, and justice centers.