Title

Vulvodynia and the ambiguous between

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

The University of Canberra

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Communication and Arts

RAS ID

16259

Comments

This article was originally published as: Taylor, J. (2013). Vulvodynia and the ambiguous between. Axon: Creative Explorations, 3(1). Original article available here

Abstract

This paper continues an exploration into vulvodynia (unexplained vulval pain lasting three months or longer) carried out over the last decade. It focuses on pain and the ‘ambiguous between’, using vulvodynia as a specific example of an unbearable state of body/mind tension and pressure in a space of obscurity and doubt. Anecdote, theory and speculation intertwine in an illustration of the possibility of creative response at the junction of that which is unmentionable and that which must be articulated. The paper demonstrates the possibility of a choice of attitude toward, and relationship with, suffering being enacted. It also acknowledges and celebrates the impossibility of a complete and final understanding of the ambiguous between.

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