I came to Edinburgh University in September 2016 to study English Literature. I was interested in the novels that were dancing around lecture halls. The libraries that smelt of these stories I was soon to be wrapped up in; adding an extra layer against the cold Edinburgh wind. However, being a student at Edinburgh was as much to do with the city and the people that meandered through it, as with the institution itself. I become increasingly entranced by the present poets in the dingy pubs down cobbled streets and the numerous student-held poetry slams. Men and women alike were expressing all kinds of things with their voices and the audience wherealways watching hungrily as if they hadn’t been fed such feeling before. I was one of these audience members. Exhilarated by the talent and openness to share, that surrounded this wonderful place. I wanted to capture it somehow as a kind of diary to present to the people who had missed out. I started speaking to the poets, storytellers and illustrators that I met around campus and they all expressed how there was one subject that still seemed to be in the shadows, and that they found their art in particular to be a necessary mouthpiece in starting a real conversation. SEX; A topic that has always been awkward, always been made to seem dirty. Sex was a topic that was too chaotic in its varied experiences that there were no ways of talking about it, but art, voice and other creative methods seemed to help in painting some kind of picture. Inspired by these people who used their talents as a tool to release, expose and translate feelings that were jumbled and sinister if left to sit inside, I began a passionate project of mine… WASITGOODFORYOU. THE PRESENT. This is an online platform which began after my first University summer. I had messaged those id met in Edinburgh that I knew where talented and felt safe to share publicly their stories. Here people have total freedom, it is genderless. However I do ask for a lack of anonymity, as I want people to be brave with their work and this will spur and inspire everyone to come out of the shadows and break the sex taboo Art, photography, stories, films and poetry all being written by Edinburgh students on the particular title of the month. Now ‘Wasitgoodforyou’ has spread to Bristol, Manchester and London. More submissions. I have learnt a lot from the journey until now which is why the importance and necessity for this platform has become ever increasing.
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Jake is a big part of wasitgoodforyou as he sat with me and we danced my wasitgoodforyou dreams and visions into tangible paper copies. We sat together for 4 days making the book and he is an exceptional graphic designer.@jakemaccy
I was lucky enough to meet Katherine on an all female power photo shoot were we all fell in love with each other’s ideals of setting the world into a flavored rainbow. Katherine has created the amazing website you are on right now.@k_acostah
An interview in Schön magazine
Vintage pornography lines the shelves. Penis and vulva biscuits populate the snack table. Upstairs, one of two tarot card readers offers guests a vision of their future while a compilation of pornographic videos plays on loop a floor below. This event and the series it celebrates are the brainchildren of Eliza Lawrence, a British-born writer and actress currently based in Berlin...
An interview in tmrw magazine
Despite the encouragement from Salt-N-Pepa back in 1990, the topic of S-E-X is still something that people shy away from. It is whispered and hushed as if the world was a library and society an ancient librarian. But as we know, this avoidance leads to miseducation or no education at all, and this is where Eliza Lawrence comes in....