Workshop on vaginal self-examinations

— 23/06/2018

Feministische Gesundheitsrecherchegruppe, Fotos: Inga Zimprich.

Workshop with Monika Kalkbrenner, Joan Murphy, FHCRG

23 June 2018, 3 – 7 pm

in German, English possible

Limited number of participants, please register at until 21 June.
Child-care available upon registration (limited capacities).

Self-help courses through which women* developed collective knowledge about female* sexual and reproductive organs formed an essential part of the feminist health movement. In particular through vaginal self-examinations women* shared their experiences of their bodies, menstrual cycle and sexuality.

During the workshop, two protagonists of the health movement will speak about their experiences with self-examinations during the 70s and 80s. Monika Kalkbrenner was part of the women*’s self-help centre 13th moon, which offered courses and counseling services. Joan Murphy led self-examinations during the 1980s, a.o. as part of the Feminist Women*’s Health Center’s activities (FFGZ) in Berlin.

The workshop offers the possibility to conduct a vaginal self-examination.


Practices of Radical Health Care presents research on the health movement of West Berlin in an exhibition, in workshops, events and a publication. A number of radical health institutions emerged at the intersection of feminism and the squatting scene. Feminist health initiatives organized vaginal self-examinations, self-help groups and autonomous counseling. In Practices of Radical Health Care the Feminist Health Care Research Group develops displays and collages that bring together conversations about the health movement, its visual materials, documents and publications in subjective arrangements. å this way the research group traces the health movement’s educational potential and instructive moments.

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