issue two: intimacy

A collaborative project by Betty, Crystal, Ellen, Erika, Jacqui, Maureen, Mildred, Pamela, Roshani, Salty Xi Jie, Sharon, Susan, Tammy & Valerie
Made in partnership with the Hollywood Senior Center, Portland OR, USA, 2019
32 pages, full color, tabloid-size newspaper publication

What is the relationship between intimacy, aging, and being a woman?

Intimacy is a human need, entangled with notions of desire and loneliness, as well as considerations of mental, social, and physical health. And yet it is a taboo subject, especially from an aging perspective. In this issue a team of women aged 22 to 84 explored intimacy over a few months through conversations and multidisciplinary projects. This publication is a punctuation mark in our process, and it presents perspectives that are playful, humorous, celebratory and poignant.

In these pages you will find: short essays by seniors expressing pride and hopeful romanticism; playful instructions for intimacy in everyday life; movement practices for aging bodies; an optimistic medical perspective on women’s sexual health and aging; intimate self-identity exploration through fashion and fantasy; the inaugural Senior Women’s Erotica Club; a slow sex playlist; and a tender yet stirring manifesto on intimacy for older women. 

Image by Anke Schüttler

To launch the issue, we held an event at the Hollywood Senior Center on June 28, 2019. There were readings, performances, and a women only discussion circle on intimacy. Photos here.

Supported by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

Named Best Of Senior Lifestyle Magazines in Willamette Weekly

Available for purchase at: Microcosm, Hollywood Senior Center gift shop

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