Ejaculation: Discussions About Female Sexuality – Edinburgh Fringe

A heartfelt plea for pleasure, ‘Ejaculation: Discussions of Female Sexuality’ presents it questions to the audience, involving us in an evening of affirmation, empowerment, and truth. Despite the possibly scandalous title, this show is about more than just orgasms; it is a therapeutic meditation on what it means to be in control of your body, how to un-learn the toxic ideas of our own womanhood, and seize the means of masturbation.

Told in a documentary-style format, the show involves recorded interviews conducted with women all over the world on the topic of sexuality. They reflect how the audience feel, at first all giggly and taken aback, but gradually more involved and willing to divulge the sometimes awkward, but always valuable, experiences that they have had in their sex lives.

During these recordings, Essi Rossi watches us with an equally haunting and inviting gaze, monitoring where we blush or squirm or nod sagely in agreement. Her presence, coupled with the musical stylings of Sarah Kivi, creates an undeniably vulnerable atmosphere, but a comforting one. They ask us if we feel sexy, and it’s okay if you can’t answer yet. The open question-and-answer section at the end of the main performance is also a refreshing aspect of the show, as it further emphasises the production’s genuine belief in their project and its dedication to connecting people to unknown parts of themselves.

It is tempting to say that this will not be a show for everyone – there is no sense of theatrical foreplay here, the show confronts its themes immediately – however it should be a show that everyone experiences, as it educates us on ‘the last taboo’, radically challenging us to take care of ourselves and partners, and strive towards finding your own power.

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Zoe Robertson

Literature student at The University of Edinburgh - interested in new writing and voices.

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