Deirdre O’Donnell

 

Title: Clit Crusader

business/group: Intern at The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health

Location: Providence, RI

Biography: Deirdre is a gender studies major at Rhode Island College. She considers herself a sex-positive feminist, writer, and activist. Deirdre is an advocate for talking openly about sexuality, and revolutionizing the way sex education is taught to young people today. She also believes in normalizing many of the hush-hush components of sexuality with her open and assertive nature, as this perspective allows people to be open minded and free to be themselves. One of these causes she is working to normalize is menstruation, something she thinks is either disregarded and not discussed at all or is talked about in a degrading way, and she wants it to be normalized and eroticized rather than stigmatized. Deirdre speaks out on many issues, and hopes to one day teach young people all over the nation, traveling to college campuses and writing books about her passions. She is currently an intern at The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health in Pawtucket, RI.

Specialties: Human sexuality, feminism, writing, improvisational acting and making coffee.

Resume: Currently facilitating the Female Sexuality Workshop at Brown University, women’s and gender studies major at RIC, participates in various activist events such as protests and other organized group events, internship at the CSPH, published the article “Capitalism Undoes Feminism,” on the CSPH website.

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About my column…

“How Bleeding Has Been Stained” Deirdre O’Donnell writes installments of articles focusing predominantly on reversing the stigmas surrounding menstruation. The articles provide advice for normalizing the biological process, how to relieve cramps, devices for feminine care, and how to be proud of it and/or bring it into the bedroom. The overall focus of the article series is to emphasize the importance of fighting stereotypical thoughts and actions through education and empowerment.