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!
Sexual Assault: My Nuanced Understanding of what Survivorship Means - by Aude Langlois
Aude is a 23-year old student undertaking a MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation in London. An avid reader and story teller since childhood, she is currently trying to get back to this creative side as a way of documenting, and making sense of, her own journey.
She believes in the power of vulnerability as a way of fostering understanding and compassion in our relationships, both with ourselves and those around us. She hopes that this piece on her experiences as a survivor of sexual assault will resonate with others, and bring some light in a world that is often unkind to those who have been targeted by such violence.
Photo: Authors own
The No-Hands Orgasm: The Power of Self-pleasure Through the Mind and Soul - by Stephanie Victoire
Stephanie Victoire was born in London to a French-Creole Mauritian family. She is a channel, intuitive and energy healer at her business, Petal and Moss. With twenty years of esoteric study and a pursuit of spiritual wisdom, she is trained in Shamanic Energy Healing, Intuitive Plant Medicine, Angelic Reiki, Past Life Healing, Sonic Sound Healing and Vortex Healing® and offers womb healing, ascension activation, spiritual guidance and cosmic channeling.
She is an author of short stories published in various anthologies and her folktale collection, The Other World, It Whispers. She also writes shorts for BBC Radio 4 and articles on her spiritual experiences, published at The Numinous and Oh Comely Magazine. Her passion is ancestral, native and indigenous spirituality and cultural healing traditions, and is currently writing a book called, Wise Woman Free: Becoming the Medicine.
Photo: Authors own
Black is Beautiful - by Naima Fowlis (Njfo)
Naima is a 25-year-old London-based amateur photographer and writer on a continuous journey to reclaim her body and mind whilst muddling through her twenties. She hopes to use her experiences to help others through her work, personal friendships and creative pieces. Most recently, Naima and a friend have launched a collaborative venture created to inspire others in also reclaiming their bodies and minds after trauma and mental distress.
Photo: Grace Bol