SHARE YOUR RAISING THE SKIRT STORIES
Raising the Skirt: the Unsung Power of the Vagina begins by celebrating the myriad stories from history, mythology and folklore which tell of the act of anasyrma or ana-suromai – raising the skirt. Vaginas, the raising the skirt stories say, are so powerful that if a woman lifts her skirt to reveal her genitalia she can make a vast array of extraordinary actions happen. Women can scare away bears and lions, the devil, calm the seas, defeat armies, avert evil and confer fertility on the land and living creatures – all with a flash of their mighty vulvas.
I wish I had been told these stories as a girl. Stories fostering a sense of pride and potency in being female. Stories valuing female genitalia, valuing girls and women. I like to imagine a world where every girl and woman knows these stories of how powerful it is to have a vagina. I have collected many ‘raising the skirt’ stories but I know there are more out there – if you have an account of how mighty the vagina is from your culture’s mythology, history or folklore then please share it with me.
RAISING THE SKIRT AROUND THE WORLD
Raising the Skirt has been launched in 13 countries and translated into ten different languages: in Poland it is Wagina, in the Czech Republic Vagina; in Finland Vaginan Tarina – Vagina Story and in Spain Historia de la Vagina: un territorio virgin al descubierto – History of the Vagina: a virgin territory uncovered.