Join me on Sunday, May 18th, at 10am Pacific for a conversation with Vanessa Fisher and Sarah Nicholson entitled “Sex, Beauty and the Power of Story-Telling”. Sarah and Vanessa are co-editors of the forthcoming anthology, Integral Voices on Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: Critical Inquiries.
I’m excited (and maybe even a little nervous!) to lean into what feels like an opportunity for a deep and sophisticated, but authentic and juicy personal conversation about the very human issues of being women and men amidst the deep cultural stories and archetypes that shape our perception of what that means.
There’s a rich theoretical background for our discussion. Sarah and Vanessa have brought together in their anthology contributors from across the spectrum of personal and political backgrounds, academic and practitioner orientations, and male and female perspectives. These contributors (including Diane Musho Hamilton, Elizabeth Debold, Dr. Warren Farrell, and Ken Wilber, among others) tackle a variety of topics, including feminism, the men’s movement, sexual identity, queer history, and spirituality. Our discussion will dive into the most pertinent questions that brought Sarah and Vanessa to this inquiry.
Sarah feels called to explore the koan “Who am I – as a woman?” The inquiry into womanhood and the history of female spirituality seemed a clear-cut and finite topic when she first started her PhD research, but she came to see it as open-ended, “more intimate, more embodied, more relational.” And story-telling is a core means of engaging this inquiry for her, particularly mythology and archetypes. Sarah says that the ongoing conversations that she’s had about gender have demonstrated the deep longing that all people have to tell their stories, to have coherent histories, and to be able to question the prevailing dominant cultural story. Storytelling is an integral part of what makes us human.
Vanessa’s “heroine’s journey” began with her inquiry into a seemingly simple question—what is beauty? From an early age the thread of beauty played a powerful role in her life, but after being propelled into a dark night of the soul in her early twenties, she was confronted with a harrowing archetype of the Ugly that she came to realize had been deeply shadowed by most cultural and spiritual paradigms. This confrontation brought her to explore an integral view of how beauty manifests in all its splendor and shadow across spiritual, social, personal, and political paradigms. Vanessa says that being vulnerable and honest about one’s own relationship to beauty, and taking as integral a view as possible on how beauty manifests in all domains, will create more room for a conscious relationship to this mysterious and wild force in our lives called beauty.
I hope you’ll join us for what promises to be an insightful and thoroughly human discussion. There will also be an opportunity toward the end of the interview for callers to ask Vanessa and Sarah about any of the content of their anthology.
About Vanessa D. Fisher
Vanessa D. Fisher is an independent journalist, poet, cultural critic, and self-ascribed Global Nomad, with a keen interest in international issues as they intersect with art, politics, gender, economics, culture, and spirituality. Her writing has been featured in The Huffington Post, Ascent Magazine, Kosmos Journal, and Elephant Journal. Her given Korean name is 초화 (Chohwa), which translates as “the first fire”. She has gained a reputation for her fiery spirit, her blunt honesty, her deep commitment to truth and justice, and her love for art and beauty in all its forms. She will join us from Nepal, where she’s currently living and working.
About Sarah Nicholson PhD
Sarah Nicholson explores human potential and flourishing from a female perspective. She is also the solo author of another book, The Evolutionary Journey of Woman: from the Goddess to Integral Feminism. Her research was initially inspired by Joseph Campbell’s description of the hero’s journey. Like Campbell’s heroes she is driven by a sense of wonder and awe about the experience and purpose of living. She has studied and practiced extensively in the traditions of Vipassana, Insight and Zen meditation and has published and presented research in Australia and internationally. She presently teaches in the fields of religion and gender studies, literature and academic writing at the University of Western Sydney. She joins us from Sydney, Australia.
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Sunday, May 18th at 10:00am Pacific; 11:00am Mountain; 12:00pm Central; 1:00pm Eastern
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