Making Shameless Pleasure A Priority
My name is Africa Brooke and I am the Founder of The Cherry Revolution. In November '17, I started this movement as a means of healing and removing entrenched shame from my sexuality. Through sharing my truth loudly and unapologetically I uncovered my purpose and calling—to encourage and inspire others to do the same.
I'd finally decided that I could no longer ignore the sexual and spiritual blockages that were stopping me from accepting myself as a complex, layered and whole human being. I was deeply frustrated and tired of having disconnected sex that always ended in a faked orgasm and the familiar feelings of depletion and guilt.
DEATH TO FAKING IT is the House mantra and campaign I created as a reminder for all of us, as a guide towards self-acceptance and connected sexual (and non-sexual) exploration. It is a limitless declaration that can be translated in ways that go beyond sex. It's also the name of our signature tee collection which will be restocked very soon!
Here at The Cherry Revolution, we are doing all we can; to remove shame and harmful societal norms from important conversations, to build a community that spans the entire globe, to raise awareness and promote radical sex-education and sexual wellness in all places of learning, to continue facilitating accessible workshops and panel discussions, to provide workshops & courses in sexual, physical, and spiritual well-being, and to create inclusive spaces for all identities to freely express themselves without shame.
If you believe we could make a change together, be sure to get in touch!
Sex & Endometriosis: How I Found Pleasure Again - by Emma Boittiaux
Emma is a 23 year old London based artist who is fascinated by our bodies and what they can reveal about our experiences. Emma chooses to capture this through sculpture, photography, and has also found that writing adds a deeper meaning to her practice. It allows her to contextualise her thoughts and give her audience the opportunity to delve into the heart of the ideas that form her artwork, taking people of a personal journey of her artistic mind. The intimacy of both writing and sculpture combined allows Emma to document and visualise her feelings, giving her the strength to feel the vulnerability that she usually hides from.
Photo: Adam Popli
Love without ownership - by Amy Houldey
Amy’s passion is the work she does as a personal coach and storyteller in London, UK. Through this work she holds space for people to explore and identify their purpose and personal values. Using her blog, and social media, she aims to share her own experiences openly and honestly to connect with and offer support to others. She believes in shedding light on things that we may feel ashamed about in order to first heal inner wounds, and then empower us to connect with others on a deeper level.
Photo: Author's own
The most revolutionary thing I've ever done - by Natalie M
I was almost 29 when my younger sister got engaged and then married. The day after her wedding, she came to my parents’ house for a family event before she and her husband left on their honeymoon. She’d never had partnered sex before—and was very upset because she and her husband had had vaginal intercourse several times on their wedding night, and she hadn’t orgasmed.
Photo: by Milo Keller