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Catherine Blackledge

I’m Dr Catherine Blackledge, a best-selling non-fiction author and sex and fertility education advocate.

Explore my website to find out more about me and my books Raising the Skirt: the Unsung Power of the Vagina (originally published in the UK as The Story of V) and The Man Who Saw the Future: a biography of William Lilly, the 17th-century astrologer who changed the course of the English Civil War.

 

Unless otherwise noted, the vagina images on the website are by permission of the wondrous Iwona Demko www.iwonademko.art.pl

Images of Catherine Blackledge by Christopher Gunson www.christophergunson.com

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My latest books

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Raising the Skirt: the Unsung Power of the Vagina

The vagina is the ultimate symbol of female power. Sexual power, creative power and the power to prevent harm. But for too long the true extent of vaginal power has been ignored.

With over 100,000 copies sold, Raising the Skirt reveals this revolutionary view and celebrates the act of anasyrma. Raise the skirt: reclaim your power.

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The Man Who Saw the Future: a biography of William Lilly

17th-century astrologer William Lilly enthrals a civil war-torn England with his uncannily accurate forecasts of who will win key battles and when Charles I will die.

But when Lilly’s visions of the future threaten public order, the Establishment tries to silence him. Can his astonishing gift help him best those in power and save his life?

My blog

Being born with a vagina does not mean you are worth less

This International Women’s Day 2020, I’m thrilled to announce my book celebrating the power and beauty of the vagina and ‘raising the skirt’ stories – Raising the Skirt: the Unsung Power of the Vagina – is now available for a new generation of women. Here’s why being born with a vagina does not mean you […]

Raise the Skirt: Reclaim Your Power

Raising the skirt to display your vagina is a universal gesture of female power and pride used individually and collectively for millennia by women to protect their home, family, sisters, community or way of life, and it’s making a comeback. That’s why I didn’t hesitate when choosing a new title for the 2020 edition of […]

Raising the Skirt UK launch date

Raising the Skirt: the Unsung Power of the Vagina will be launched in the UK on 20 February 2020. I am so excited, proud and happy to see a new edition of my book available in the UK once more. It’s just over 20 years since I had the idea to write a book celebrating the […]