A Woman Who Owns Her Pussy Owns Her Life: An Interview with Regena “Mama Gena” Thomashauer
Although this interview is a few years old, we’re sharing it with you to honor the life-affirming energy of “pussy” that Featured Truthteller Regena “Mama Gena” Thomashauer shares.
I am so honored to bring you this juicy, intimate conversation with one of my personal sheroes, Regena Thomashauer aka “Mama Gena.” Mama Gena is truly a living icon: a woman who has devoted her life’s work to the discipline of pleasure and uplifting the feminine.
Mama Gena has touched the lives of thousands of women through her School of Womanly Arts and her powerful programs that have helped women discover the power of pleasure. She offers an exuberant and no-holds-barred perspective on women’s personal development—and how our sexuality and aliveness contribute to it.
She’s also the author of Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts: Using the Power of Pleasure to Have Your Way with the World (2002) and Mama Gena’s Owner’s & Operator’s Guide to Men (2003). But our conversation revolved around her latest book (one of my recommended favorites), the New York Times–winning bestseller Pussy: A Reclamation.
As you can imagine, we had tons to discuss! Mama Gena and I talked about how, even though the word “pussy” is such a taboo word in our culture, it is a metaphor for women’s innate life force, divinity, joy, and enthusiasm.
“The world doesn’t value, understand, or support the nature of the feminine,” she says. “But I learned that pussy is something we can access in service of women’s aliveness.” In her words, a woman who claims ownership of her sensuality completely transforms her relationship to her feminine power—and changes the world in the process. I hope you are as inspired as I was!
2:15 How the moments of darkness are integral to finding your power
5:00 The old solutions are not going to work anymore
7:00 Pleasure: The last place we ever think of looking that might have the answers we need
11:11 Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts and how it was born from a sense of responsibility to the girls and women of tomorrow
13:40 The real heart and soul of female power and identity
17:50 Surprise: pussy has nothing to do with sex!
19:00 A woman who owns her pussy owns her life
22:44 Cliteracy and the privilege of knowing what turns us on
29:00 Fourth-wave feminism and the real meaning of sisterhood
37:00 The importance of a community of sisters practicing pleasure together