Sh! Celebrates Disability Awareness Day
Disability Awareness Day on 10th July turns into a month of celebrating otherness at Sh! Women's Erotic Emporium.
A photographic body of work titled 'Bodies of Difference' by Ashley Savage (www.savageskin.com) will be exhibited in the downstairs gallery at the Portobello Road store, 1 31 July. The exhibition is free to visit Monday- Sunday 11am 7pm. True to the female-focused ethos of the company, the 'Sh! Girlz' ask that men are accompanied by a woman when visiting the store and exhibition.
BODIES OF DIFFERENCE
For as long as I can remember, I have always been drawn towards appearance that is strange or unique, that which falls far outside of the narrow parameters of normative beauty. Within my photographic practice, 'normality' is of interest merely as a means by which to measure degrees of difference in a society that continues, on many levels, to regard that which is extreme as deviant.
The 'Bodies Of Difference' series is an ongoing body of work, a celebration of otherness, aiming to document bodies deemed as atypical, and in doing so, explore and challenge perceptions of disability and sexuality. As a trained counsellor, I am especially interested in the therapeutic application of photography in order to address issues of self esteem and body image.
Notes to Editors:
Sh! Women's Erotic Emporium was the very first shop of its kind to open for women, by women in 1992. The mission was simple: to create a safe, welcoming environment in which women can shop guilt-free for good quality playthings. Everyone is offered a cup of tea when they come in and the knowledgeable and friendly Sh! Girlz aim to make information about sex accessible to all, old or young of whatever sexual persuasion, background or culture. They do welcome men, but only if escorted by a woman.
Sh! were the first to launch the 'Jessica Rabbit' well before it debuted in 'Sex and The City', and the founder, Kathryn Hoyle has been a regular spokesperson promoting the ethos behind the store and the brand and has even been to 10 Downing Street to attend an Aids Awareness Event.
Sh! set up its very own research and development department and works with many NHS trusts offering advice and help on women's health care, particularly at post-surgery dilation stage.
Sh! host plenty of different nights and events at their London stores ranging from workshops, art and photography exhibitions, literary readings and much more. To find out more about the events on offer at this amazing emporium visit the website www.sh-womenstore.com.
To speak with the Shop Manager regarding promotions, events, or to simply find out more about the 'Bodies of Difference' please contact:
email@example.com or phone 0207 221 54 76
Sh! Women's Erotic Emporium:
Unit 4, 253 Portobello Road, W11 1LR (corner Lancaster Road)
57 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6HD