The Politics of Pleasure - a new vision for SexEd

The Politics of Pleasure - a new vision for SexEd

When it comes to sex, pleasure and desire we’re left to our own devices, and lack of communication is one of the main reasons for an unfulfilling sex life. While sexuality workshops may not be everyone’s cup of tea, one pioneering couple are aiming to change perceptions with a new approach to SexEd. We spoke to Mike Lousada and Louise Mazanti about Psychosexual Somatics® and what it has to offer. 

You have three workshops on offer – ‘Authentic Sex: Know Your Sexual Self’, ‘PSST Basics’ and ‘Intimacy and the Body Mind’. How did these come about and who they are for?

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk - review

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk - review

A couple of scenes in this play wound me up. In one the painter Marc Chagall is dismissive of his wife Bella’s talents and says, “You’ll never be a writer because you’re always thinking about something else”. In another he’s four days late coming home following the birth of their daughter because he’s been immersed in his painting. When Bella tells him how painful the birth was and that she can hardly walk he says, “Do you think what I do happens painlessly?”.

Exhibition - Love Lived by Holly Wren

Exhibition - Love Lived by Holly Wren

Photographer Holly Wren’s exhibition LOVE LIVED is on the first and second floor lobbies at Broadgate Tower in the City of London. Giant cubes featuring images of 14 people she interviewed for her project were lit up outside back in February and are now on the move to two further locations. “The cubes have been a really popular and look spectacular at night. They are a great way for people to engage with art,” says Holly, whose aim was to have a cross-generational project that challenges preconceptions around love and relationships and celebrates ageing. She is also questioning why older people – the fabric of the city – are no longer anywhere to be seen.

V&A Undressed: A brief history of underwear

V&A Undressed: A brief history of underwear

A new exhibition tells the story of underwear design from the 18th century to present day, exploring how its role and function has evolved in line with trends, social customs and the ideal body shape.

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear features over 200 pieces, from everyday basics to rare garments including home made ‘stays’ (corsets) worn by women in the 18th century, and high fashion pieces by Agent Provocateur, Stella McCartney, La Perla, Rigby & Peller, and Paul Smith.

Living History: Bound Feet Women of China by Jo Farrell

Living History: Bound Feet Women of China by Jo Farrell

This week Newsnight has been featuring reports from the documentary series Return to White Horse Village about the upheaval of a rural community in China as the village is turned into a city. Last night’s episode focused on the women and how their lives are changing with urbanisation – the city bringing money and freedom from a life in the fields doing back-breaking work to support their families. One woman had never read a book or travelled outside of the village, another spoke of her frustration at being told by her elders that she has to “put up with it” [do the work] like everyone else.