Piercings – pleasure&pain&power

When I first came to Barnard, I was very eager to establish my new life on campus by showing my independence externally by exploring new body piercings and contemplating a tattoo. I have learnt so much from friends, siblings and my own reading about the many added benefits that piercings can have, including sexual pleasure! Here are a few bits of information that I have heard/found/experienced about body piercings and pleasure:

Here are a couple interesting articles about body modification and queer, feminist empowerment:

There is so much out there and this is definitely an area I don’t feel super knowledgeable about, but am interested in learning more :).

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(pictures from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/18/women-body-modification-roger-kisby_n_7612532.html)


Introducing the Well Woman Spotify

We hope the start of the new school year has been treating you well! But if you’re looking for some study tunes or dance breaks, our fresh out of the oven well woman spotify will have you kicking your feet. Every few weeks, we’ll have a peer-ed playlist with some of the songs we’ve been listening to. And keep your ears tuned for some blasts from the past (we’ve got a puberty playlist coming your way soon).

Here’s a roundup of some songs we’ve been listening to in September. Comment with your suggestions, and we’ll add ’em.

Welcome–and welcome back–to Barnard! We’re excited to be starting another semester here in Well-Woman. Over the summer we spruced up the office, purchased some awesome new books (recent faves include The Feminist Activity Book, Living for Change, nejma, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, Afro-Vegan, Eat Drink Vote and Mindfulness for Beginners), renewed our magazine subscriptions (to titles like Vegetarian Times, Ms, Bust, and Yoga Journal), and started to prep for the new year. The office is open for both staff (Monday–Friday, 1-4pm) and peer educator (Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 7-9pm) drop-in hours, and our weekly 7pm Wednesday craft nights start back up this week with arm knitting. Stop by any time we’re open to check out our space, browse our resources, have a cup of tea, use the massage chair,  talk and learn about health and wellness issues, and just relax in our comfy space!


our 2016-2017 peer eds on their first day of training

Get to know the peer eds: Sophie!


Name / Year / Major: Sophie, class of 2017, economics and mathematics

Where I’m From: I’m from a small town in West Virginia, but I’m currently living in Edinburgh, Scotland on a semester abroad!

Favorite Program: My favorite WW event was pumpkin carving! Halloween is my favorite holiday and it’s so awesome to have the opportunity to carve pumpkins at college while chilling with the other peer eds and Barnard students.

Something I enjoy about being a peer ed: I love the community. It was amazing to instantly have 20 friends who are so knowledgeable and aware and completely nonjudgmental! I have loved learning from them and with them and I miss them all dearly!

Favorite WW office resource: The space overall is so so great. The purple walls, the vagina paraphernalia, the tea, the tampons and condoms, the chapstick! I can’t pick my favorite!

Favorite way of practicing self-care: Two favorites: I love to go for runs. Running is very much a part of who I am and I find that it’s the best way for me to think things through and sweat out my toxins. My other favorite thing to do is cook myself a yummy healthy meal. This makes me sound like a super healthy person, but I’m not most of the time! I have just found that pretending to be healthy for a little bit gives me energy and motivation when I’m feeling down.

Part of an ongoing series–see previous entries here.

Get to know the peer eds: Chantal!


Name / Year / Major: Chantal Mota / 2017 / English

Where you’re from: I was born and raised in the upper west side of manhattan, new york.

I love reading the WW blog, but my favorite program so far was actually pumpkin carving a little while back… I was surprised with the variety of expression.  The images were images of self empowerment or friendship or family –not your average jack-o-lanterns. It was cool how the office was able to make a simple craft into a self care exercise and something so impactful and meaningful.  I also have to say I enjoyed the most recent craft event that I hosted.  We were just decorating stones, but there was such a strong sense of community and friendship in the room.

That’s what I enjoy most about being a peer-ed.  All the loooveee. All the self love, all the community love, all the love so many of us want to share with whomever walks in. But, also the appreciation for acknowledging that loving our bodies and our minds, and –in addition– our community’s bodies and minds, is complicated and not always easy.

Favorite WW resource, of course, is our library.

My favorite forms of self care are always related to music –listening to it, singing it, playing it, dancing to it, etc…

❤ be well.

Part of an ongoing series–see previous entries here.

Get to know the peer eds: Issie!


Name / Year / Major: Issie / 2018 / English and Women’s Studies

Where I’m From: Originally London, England but have been living in Philadelphia for the past 7 years.

Favorite Program: Giving the Cuntfidence (now called Let’s Talk About…) presentation was a big honor and a lot of fun! I feel that in talking about broader sexual health topics, often the intricacies of vaginal health are glossed over, so it was cool to have an open discussion with other Barnard students and share knowledge! Plus I got to do it with my good friend and fellow Peer Ed Michelle, which was a blast.

Something I enjoy about being a peer ed: All the people I have met through this program! Whether it’s talking with students during office hours, hanging out with other Peer Eds, or gathering all the Life Advice I can from our director Jessica, all my WW-related interactions have been meaningful. WW fosters an incredible network of support that, even will all the important work that goes on, is not without fun and silliness!

Favorite WW office resource: The library!!!

Favorite way of practicing self-care:  Long walks listening to music (hit me up to share recommendations!) and being with my friends.

Part of an ongoing series–see previous entries here.