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Vanessa D. Fisher
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A film of photos I compiled of my 2 years in South Korea. My first time using iMovie :)
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My latest article on elephant journal dovetails an exploration on the nature of suicide, and asks how we can enter a new and more meaningful cultural conversation about death, suffering, and so-called "mental illness". This article arose out of my own experience, and was also inspired by the recent tragedy of Robin Williams passing.

There is a much larger conversation we need to start having as a culture, which includes a discussion about the ways we unconsciously equate death with failure, the shame and stigma associated with “mental illness,” and also a discussion and questioning of the very labels of mental illnesses themselves...
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Yesterday, I conducted the third and last of my dialogues with Dr. R. Michael Fisher (who is also my father) on his chapter in our anthology entitled "Are Men Tragically Hopeless? A Critical Integralists' Perspective". A chapter which situates men at a significant point of crisis in evolutionary history and presents the case for a radical shift in how we think about men's liberation. Responding critically to both integral and postmodern theory, and drawing from his personal experience in men's movements, Fisher's chapter follows the developments and struggles of men in conscious community and advocates for the liberation of both genders by working from the ruins of hopelessness.

In this dialogue, we also chart and personally reflect on the history of the integral movement, and discuss important critiques of integral theory and leadership, while exploring our own relationship to the questions of gender as father and daughter.


This was a provocative dialogue that touches on many topical issues. At times theoretical, at times deeply personal, and at times controversial in our discussion of men and the integral movement.
Enjoy!
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I got creative last night and made a video trailer for my book. I'm not a professional, but I liked how it turned out, and it was super fun! I just re-worked the last bit.
Check it out, and please share if you are inspired to...
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Yesterday, Dr. Elizabeth Debold and Dr. Warren Farrell accompanied me for a very unique three-way discussion that took us on a deep-dive exploration of men, women, and the future of gender. As part of the preparation for the launch of my co-edited anthology coming out later this month, Elizabeth and Warren (two separate contributors to our book, best-selling authors, and recognized experts in the field of gender studies), came together for a trialogue that would explore what an integrated approach to women and men’s studies, beyond polarization and finger-pointing, might look like for the future.

This trialogue takes a fascinating sweep of history, and explores a unique set of perspectives on how gender has evolved and transformed as we moved from tribes, to medieval feudal structures, to the great upheavals of the industrial revolution, and to where the currents of change are pointing us next. We explore some of the greatest practical challenges facing men and women over the coming decades, including a re-visioning, integration, and re-evaluation of the “masculine” and “feminine” framed spheres of Western culture, and how both women and men can better support each other in this time of transition.

This was a deep and fascinating trialogue and the issues explored will touch all of those who have a theoretical and/or practical interest in the topics.
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In preparation for the launch of my co-edited book next month, I'll be doing a series of free dialogues with select contributors on my website in order to give people a taste for some of the important topics covered, as well as offer a more intimate feel of the people included in our anthology.

In this dialogue (uploaded this morning), Diane Hamilton and I explore the ideas and experience that informed our co-authored chapter from the anthology, entitled, Evolving Our Approach to Sexual Harrassment: A New Role for Women.

Our chapter explores the evolution of sexual harassment law and policy as it has developed in North America from the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to its widespread acceptance and implementation in the workplace and academic environments in the 1980s. We examine the significant impact of sexual harassment policy on our understanding of gender roles and male-female sexual relations over the last 60 years, and the unique challenges now facing us as a result.

Through an intimate and vulnerable, and at times controversial, examination of power, sex, and the law, we aim to reframe the sexual harassment debate from an integral perspective; calling us all, women and men alike, into a higher level of awareness and compassion in how we deal with our sexual exchanges.

Enjoy, and feedback welcome!
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Hey peeps, mark your calendars for this coming Sunday at 10am Pacific Time if you are able to join us for this conversation!  Terry Patten has graciously offered Sarah Nicholson and I our first opportunity to speak publicly about our forthcoming anthology "Integral Voices on Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: Critical Inquiries", on his Beyond Awakening Series. 

Sarah and I will engage an intimate exploration with Terry about the personal paths that brought us both to an interest in gender and sexuality; specifically, Sarah's journey with mythology and its intersection with gender studies, and my own heroine's journey with beauty. There will also be a time for the audience to ask us any questions about our personal journeys and/or the contents of our anthology in the last half hour of the interview.  

Beyond Awakening explores how higher consciousness can enable human beings to rise to meet the unique challenges of our world in crisis, so our discussion will be held in that context. Register free at the link below to support us and join in the dialogue live this Sunday. It should be a juicy and vulnerable discussion!

Register directly at: http://www.beyondawakeningseries.com/featured/vanessa-fisher.php

And please share this with anyone you think might like to join the conversation.

Our anthology itself brings together chapters from across the scholarly and practitioner spectrum, and from contributors who are both celebratory and critical of what an integral approach can bring to the contested fields of sex, gender and sexuality. Our contributors include Gilles Herrada, Diane Hamilton, Elizabeth Debold, Rebecca Bailin, Ken Wilber, Joseph Gelfer, among others...


Hope to "see" you on Sunday.
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"You must learn one thing:
this world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your Aloneness
to learn

anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you."

~ David Whyte

Photo: Over-looking the Black Sea in my new home Istanbul, Turkey
Photo taken by, Sheila Bocchine
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My co-editor and I have created a book giveaway on Googlereads for our upcoming book. As of today, you can enter to win a free copy of our book before it is published! Hard copies are valued at $85. Giveaway runs from June 30-July 30.
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What do tattoos have to do with Egyptian Priestesses, 19th Century High Society Victorian Women, and Second Wave Feminists? Well, more than you might think!

 My latest article, Black Fire, traces the little known history of tattoos as they have shown up on women's bodies throughout the ages. I also share the inspiration and transformative process behind my recent eight hour full torso tattoo that I got in Nepal, and investigate what tattoos mean for women today.

 In 2012, for the first time in history, women in North America outpaced men in getting tattoos. It seems to me the perfect time to start unraveling the secret history of tattoos on women and what they have meant historically, politically, and spiritually, so that we can better envision their unique role today.

 This is also my first publication on Reality Sandwich.
 Any feedback on the piece is welcome!

http://realitysandwich.com/219488/black-fire-women-tattoos-and-the-transformative-power-of-body-art/
I was fifteen when I flipped through my first tattoo magazine and I remember being most captivated by the female models. They aroused a kind of primal sexual fascination in me because of how closely they lived to their own skin.
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Kathmandu, Nepal - Seoul, South Korea - Moscow, Russia - Vancouver, Canada
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