I've been making the Wondrous! Vulva Puppet since 1993. I have thousands of comments, some heart warming, some emotional, some of pure joy. Here are a few...
Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D. Says:
As a sex educator, I have utilized Dorrie Lane's magnificent puppets and films for so many years. There have been some imitations, but she's the original! She deserves lots of credit for helping women and men appreciate and know the vulva. Dorrie Lane is a vulvalutionary living treasure.
"Theres nothing like the Wondrous Vulva Puppet to create a spark of humor in a conversation that still rides at the edge of many peoples comfort zone. The sensual curves, velvety feel and beauty of these puppets seems to disarm people in a way that opens the door to real discussion about womens sexuality. The puppet is a glorious representation of the amazing feat of nature and spirit that is the vulva. Thanks to Dorrie Lane for bringing this tool to childbirth educators, counselors, therapists, bodyworkers, doctors, midwives, and vulva fans all over the world."
Kim Airs, Sex Toy Expert Says:
Dorrie's one of a kind Vulva Puppets have revolutionized sex education. I, too, always use them to illustrate what we look like in a gentle and positive manner. Holding them has made women cry when they realize they are seeing a reflection of themselves in such a comforting and reassuring way. I cant even think about teaching a class without one. She is truly a Womens Health Hero who deserves accolades from around the world!
..as a Sexuality Counselor your puppets solve so many problems! I'm sure you understand the need to demonstrate in anatomically correct ways without using a real person, "Real Doll" or anything else too real looking (to hedge the blushing and embarrassment that would ensue)
Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest purchased a beautiful Vulva Puppet from Dorrie Lane. It features major and minor labia, clitoral hood and clitoris, G-spot and a lovely velvet vagina. Our educator uses the model in her sex ed courses, teen pregnancy prevention programs, health fairs and other demonstrations throughout our region. Because of its beauty and luxurious feel, the "puppet" encourages women to get to know and be comfortable with their bodies. Everyone loves to touch it, explore it and, believe it or not, rub it against their cheeks!"
The Vulva puppet has been a part of our educational programming for 17 years now. Women and men love to touch her and love that we are able to teach everyone about womens intimate body parts using such a lovely tool. Dorrie has definitely made teaching women's sexuality more beautiful, more fun, and more successful.
"She's wonderful! She looks like royalty. You were right about the colours, they highlight her "assets". My goddess, you must have spent hours on the bead-work. One of the things that all of the women I've talked to about this have said is that she looks like art (the pics that I had of others). I tell them that she is and they get this funny look on their faces ... "
All of the women that we work with on a regular basis - my test marketing group- are sooo looking forward to seeing her in regular presentations from now on. To tell you the truth, just talking about her, with strangers in the local coffeehouse where we do most of our support groups all the way up to the church financial officer who takes care of our accounts, has opened a lot of doors and started to break down some basic negativity towards cunts in general. And everyone, even the religious folk, has responded really positively to her name - can you believe it?
I think that I've convinced one of the local professors (U of M - Flint) to let Lilith and I come in and do a presentation for his soph/junior level english classes. I've been re-educating myself on basic vulva anatomy with an eye towards making the presentations fun and sexy."
Katie Pelle, University of Redlands says:
"The Vulva Puppet came! I am absolutely beside myself with enthusiasm as are all of the people who have had the pleasure of seeing and spending time with her! Thank you so much for everything- we already have women wanting to buy their own. She was a tremendous help in our "spring forward into the Vagina" program and will continue to be an incredible resource in our Women's Center!
The Vulva is beautiful, we are opening ourselves to the true feminine mystique!"
Connie Turnage says:
The "Ananda" program is a year long program for girls that includes educational, therapeutic, and fun activities with a different topic each month. Originally we were meeting only on Saturdays. It is all volunteer, but because the girls have so much down time we are adding several weeknight activities during each month and trying to identify a mentor for each girl. Because some parents were nervous about the information shared, we have included a mini rites of passage for the mothers of the girls so that they can get an idea of what we are saying and doing and give them time to understand.
Most of the girls are from poor urban areas,and are classified as high risk- but not all. Our topics relate to issues of moving from a girl to a woman. Topics include edcuation, history, family relations, mental, physical and sexual health,etc. Needless to say the body and sexuality is a hot topic, but we have found the girls-not so different from my own generation-don't know their bodies or own them in a way that is good and healthy for them. Many are sexually active and their partners have seen their vaginas, labias, vulvas,etc. but they haven't seen or touched them and view their bodies as dirty. We are always looking for ways to help them see all that's good and that's theirs and to love, value and care for, and be proud of all of their body.
Marcey, Pure Romance Consultant Says:
I have been using the Wondrous Vulva Puppet in my presentations to show women the parts of their vulva they may never have seen and to educate them about the joys of each of those parts. When I hold up the Vulva Puppet and start speaking, it commands the attention of everyone - even those women who may have been chatting to each other during the rest of my presentation. It focuses them, because women want to know about their bodies and the Vulva Puppet teaches them.
Je suis heureux de possder 2 exemplaires magnifiques de la clbre Vulva Puppet. Plus quune sculpture ou une uvre dart, jy vois un message damour et de tendresse adress tout ceux qui ont oubli leur corps. Un travail artistique qui a dautant plus de sens quil sinscrit dans un contexte tellement violent, une actualit mondiale si menaante et une culture occidentale ou la ngation sexuelle et rotique et lobscurantisme refont surface En plus de rveiller le dsir et de raffirmer la beaut de lobjet absolu si dni, mes Vulva Puppets enchantent lesprit et me rappellent quotidiennement ce qui est essentiel ! Merci Dorrie.
Beth Maris Says:
Dorrie is a most generous,kind, and enlightened woman. Her creations have helped many of my clients work through horrific histories of trauma from sexual abuse, but beyond that..These vulva puppets have been incredible resources for anyone who has been uncomfortable with their sexuality the puppets are all exquisite and different..by incorporating her puppets in therapy sessions:they have done more good in a session or two for empowering women and enlightening men than years of talk therapy ..
Elli Sparks Says:
I love my vulva puppet. I use it in my Pleasure Revival classes, which I hold in my living room in the Capital of the Clitoricy - Richmond, VA. My own children, ages 8 and 11, have enjoyed exploring my vulva puppet. What a fabulous way to incorporate a healthy and happy understanding of human sexuality in conversations with my children.
I purchased a Vulva Puppet for my parties that I give for women in their homes. It has been wonderful helping women to see what the body is like and teaching them what is there on their body. I have the Venus Vulva and I just love it. It is a great teaching tool.
Crystal Dawn Morris Says:
I am a certified SkyDancing Tantra teacher and certfied nurse-midwife. I love my Vulva puppet and use it in my classes and workshops to teach people about the beauty and power of the yoni and female sexuality. Dorrie you are hero because you are helping women reclaim their sexual power and celebrate the yoni.
Partial list of Vulva Puppeteers and Educators
UCSF AIDS Policy Research Center, AIDS Research Institute, SF, CA
Ms. Charis Denison c/o the Urban School, San Francisco,California
Mary Jo Podgurski, RNC, MA, Academy for Adolescent Health, Inc. Washington, PA
Florence Blas - Health Educator, Department of Public Health & Social Services
Maternal & Child Health Program, Hagatna, Guam
Rhonda Chittenden, Regional Educator - Education & Resource Center
Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa Des Moines, IA
Di Constantinides, Educator - Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes, Ithaca, NY
Paula J. Pedersen, Ed.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Dr. Elsbeth Meuth & Mr. Freddy Weaver, Directors, Tantra Nova Institute Chicago, IL
Linda Faulkner Coleman Director of Education and Training
Planned Parenthood of Central Washington
Gaby Martinez, PP Center of El Paso, El Paso, TX
Terry Scalia Executive Assistant, PP of Northeast Florida, Jacksonville, FL
Drue Brenner Director of Education, PP fo Delaware and Otsego Counties, Oneonta, NY
Patsy Montgomery Regional Community Services Director, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Laura Anne Stuart, MPH Health Educator, Center for Health Promotion and Wellness
(formerly Health Education), MIT Medical Department, Massachusetts
Deborah S. Levine, MSW, MAT - Trainer/Community Educator, Planned Parenthood of CT, New Haven, CT
Paula J. Pedersen, Ed.D. - Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of Minnesota-Duluth
Marlene Pray, Director of Education and Training
Planned Parenthood Association of Bucks County, Bristol, PA
Carmen Gomez Mandic Doctoral Student
Department of Health and Social Behavior, Harvard School of Public Health
Cindi A.M. Abbott PR/Development Director PP of the Inland Northwest
Michael Pinella Education Director
Planned Parenthood of Palm Beach and Treasure Coast Area, FL
Genevieve Ankeny Education Dept.
PPABC Bristol, PA
Kristin Rose Curriculum Coordinator, PP of Buffalo & Erie County, Buffalo, NY
Karen Blessing Community Educator, Planned Parenthood of Central Washington, Walla Walla, WA
Cynthia Grant Vice President of Development
Planned Parenthood of Houston & Southeast Texas
Lisa Shelby PPSP, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Emily Herriott Planned Parenthood, San Antonio, TX
Linda Dunn, Education Director, Planned Parenthood of Idaho Boise, Idaho
Regional Community Services Director Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Fresno, CA
AND THOUSANDS MORE!