Spotlight on Natalia Provatas...and her Vagina.

I've written about my lovely and talented friend Natalia Provatas before. She is the director and co-creator of the web series I'm producing. Until recently, she worked on my team at Dreamworks, but she left to be a writers' assistant in television (which I'm thrilled about because she is such a good writer).

Natalia is brilliant and hilarious and ballsy. She manages to capture the constant shifting emotions that being a woman entails - one moment she's promoting a female comedian, the next moment she's speaking out on violence against women, and in the next she's lamenting her ruined diet.

You should follow her on twitter (@NataliaProvatas) so that you, too, can experience her hilarious thoughts on the Human Condition. She tweets such gems as this:


So anyway, getting around to the vagina part of this post...last week Dame Magazine published one of Natalia's personal essays called My Vagina and Me: A Love StoryAnd everyone needs to read it immediately.

Natalia's sweet and somewhat salty essay explains her own personal journey to sexual awareness, touching on her relationship with her mother, her boyfriends, and specifically on her own vagina. Although a confident, sexually active being, Natalia has had a hard time connecting to her own body. She says it best herself:
I guess you can say, my vagina is like that friend you have a blast with in groups, but when it’s just the two of you, you run out of things to say. My vagina and I were physically fastened but psychologically and spiritually living apart. It’s sad to admit that for almost 30 years, my vagina and I couldn't think of a single thing we had in common. - See more at: http://www.damemagazine.com/2014/09/22/my-vagina-and-me-love-story#sthash.CzJTFN4p.dpuf
I guess you can say, my vagina is like that friend you have a blast with in groups, but when it's just the two of you, you run out of things to say. My vagina and I were physically fastened but psychologically and spiritually living apart. It's sad to admit that for almost 30 years, my vagina and I couldn't think of a single thing we had in common.
I guess you can say, my vagina is like that friend you have a blast with in groups, but when it’s just the two of you, you run out of things to say. My vagina and I were physically fastened but psychologically and spiritually living apart. It’s sad to admit that for almost 30 years, my vagina and I couldn't think of a single thing we had in common. - See more at: http://www.damemagazine.com/2014/09/22/my-vagina-and-me-love-story#sthash.CzJTFN4p.dpuf
I guess you can say, my vagina is like that friend you have a blast with in groups, but when it’s just the two of you, you run out of things to say. My vagina and I were physically fastened but psychologically and spiritually living apart. It’s sad to admit that for almost 30 years, my vagina and I couldn't think of a single thing we had in common. - See more at: http://www.damemagazine.com/2014/09/22/my-vagina-and-me-love-story#sthash.CzJTFN4p.dpuf
I guess you can say, my vagina is like that friend you have a blast with in groups, but when it’s just the two of you, you run out of things to say. My vagina and I were physically fastened but psychologically and spiritually living apart. It’s sad to admit that for almost 30 years, my vagina and I couldn't think of a single thing we had in common. - See more at: http://www.damemagazine.com/2014/09/22/my-vagina-and-me-love-story#sthash.CzJTFN4p.dpuf
I love this. I love Natalia's honesty and self effacing humor on a subject many of us consider too taboo to discuss. As a past cast member and director of The Vagina Monologues, I'm a big supporter of women owning their sexuality and their sexual pleasure.

Natalia and her vagina haven't become best friends yet...but I look forward to hearing more about their journey together in future essays and on Twitter. And I look forward to hearing more from Natalia in general! Which we certainly will...and I'll be sure to share it with you here!
I guess you can say, my vagina is like that friend you have a blast with in groups, but when it’s just the two of you, you run out of things to say. My vagina and I were physically fastened but psychologically and spiritually living apart. It’s sad to admit that for almost 30 years, my vagina and I couldn't think of a single thing we had in common. - See more at: http://www.damemagazine.com/2014/09/22/my-vagina-and-me-love-story#sthash.CzJTFN4p.dpuf