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Regena Thomashauer Regena Thomashauer author. mama. pleasure pioneer.

Regena Thomashauer (Mama Gena) is a revolution: an icon, teacher, author, mother, and a pioneer in researching the nature of pleasure and dedicating her life to the discipline of pleasure. [www.mamagenas.com]

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I’m in the midst of celebrating sisterhood and community – women standing for one another’s radiance and celebrating one another. Women have not been taught about the privileges of being a woman and the incredible consequences of a community of sisterhood where women stand for each others’ dreams.

In our culture, there’s a virulent epidemic of self-hatred, self-doubt, and self-deprecation in the way women treat themselves. Women tend to create affinity through suffering, through talking about and sharing misery. But we women were designed with 8000 nerve endings dedicated to pleasure (men have 4000). Our pleasure is the ingredient that makes sisterhood such a creative, generating space. 

My goal is to teach women to celebrate themselves for no reason – just for the pure fun of it. That’s only possible through women standing for themselves, learning to treasure themselves, and then being willing to shine their light in front of each another. When bonds are formed through pleasure, there’s so much that women can contribute.

At my first book signing, a red-haired 15-year-old girl came up to me and said, “Mama Gena, your book is my favorite book I’ve ever read in my whole life.” I said, “Girl, you shouldn’t be reading my book. It says  ‘pussy’ in it.” She said, “Well, my mom brought me here.” I said, “Whoa. Why are you reading this book, and why do you like it?” She said, “Because in high school all the girls hate themselves and reading your book is the first time I’ve ever heard the sound of ‘a woman loves herself’ and it made me feel that way about myself and I wanted all my girlfriends to read it so we could all just change our minds.”

I was so moved by her because I remember being that girl in high school who hated herself, who never felt qualified or acceptable or chosen or pretty or any of those things. At that book signing, I saw that it’s possible to infect another person with self-love simply by loving myself. That was huge because I realized that in my lifetime I could see a world of turned-on women celebrating the privilege of being a woman and standing inside our beauty, our brilliance, and our power.

I think women are the greatest untapped natural resource on this planet. Woman standing in her pleasure creates solutions. My mission, my deepest desire, is to see a world where women value their pleasure and look in each other’s eyes and see sister, even when they’re walking down the street.

– Regena Thomashauer

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