Recording of the event "What do Animal Genitals Have to Tell Us About Ourselves?" which occurred on 20th April 2022.
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Book talk with biologist and journalist Emily Willingham and science journalist Rachel E. Gross
Rachel E. Gross's new book, Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage, is a wondrous journey to the centre of the body through the eyes of cutting-edge scientists who are re-imagining the role of the vagina, clitoris, ovaries, and uterus. Emily Willingham's 2020 book, Phallacy: Life Lessons from the Animal Penis, is a fantastic romp through the world of animal genitals and a reminder that penises aren't exactly the symbols of manhood and vigour we think they are.
Both reporters ended up focusing on a similar theme: what does science’s obsession—and squeamishness—about genitals tell us about ourselves?
In what is sure to be a conversation chock full of puns and fun animal vagina facts, Gross and Willingham will discuss what they each learned in their reporting about why we know so little about the basic science of the human vagina, and how the vaginas of other animals can illuminate some of the remaining questions we still have. They’ll also dive into some of the most mind-blowing and consequential vagina facts we are learning, now that (some) researchers are finally paying attention.