The Articulate Vagina with Kim Anami

As you know, we've taken a brief intermission from the podcast while we revamp the show from behind the scenes. I have a fun in-between-sode for you today: another juicy, taboo conversation with our favorite sassy sex & relationship coach Kim Anami. Ladies (and the men who love them), this interview is for you! Kim’s 8-week Vaginal Kung Fu salon has just launched, and in this interview, we get to the bottom of what exactly it means to lift things with your vagina...or at least with her vagina!

If you aren't familiar with Kim and her work, this might all sound a bit strange, but I implore you to read on and tune in to the interview. To begin our conversation, Kim breaks down the current state of vaginas worldwide, and folks, it's shocking! "If a woman is disconnected from her sexuality and her vagina, she is operating at a massive disadvantage,” says Kim.

fragilis award: B is for Burger King

A is for... Apple (not Gala or Crab though; the Mac, iPhone variety...)

B is for... Burger King

C is for... Coca Cola

D is for... Dora the Explorer OR Dunkin' Donuts

Yep, that's right. THIS is the type of modern day learn-the-alphabet graphic (see below) being used in public schools. This graphic, specifically, hails from Miller Elementary School in Houston, TX and is the winner of the September New Moon fragilis award!

fragilis award: 3-D #Selfie Statues

Our culture's "hashtag" Selfie addiction seems to be at an all-time high these days, #amiright? 

At first, selfies were pretty simple... Use your camera phone to take a photo of yourself (insert cool background here), post to various social media sites. That wasn't enough, though, and now we have selfie sticks and drones to get the better angle and airbrushing selfie apps to cover up imperfections (not just blemishes and scars...you can actually alter the size of your nose with some of these apps!).

And finally......the age of 3-D selfies is upon us. Step into a 3-D scanning booth, strike a pose and await delivery of your 3-D selfie. All for as low as $95 for action figure size, or splurge for the $70k lifesize 3-D replica of...you.

fragilis award: Children on Leashes

After last week's podcast on Raising Human Apes, it seemed fitting to give this New Moon's fragilis award to the strange and frightening "children on leashes" phenomenon! I'm sure you've seen them... You can usually find leashed children at shopping malls, amusement parks. airports and walking down suburban streets next to the family Golden Retriever. 

ReWilding is about transcending domestication,
and domestication is about dominion of one over another.

In the Raising Human Apes podcast, Arthur Haines begins with a powerful statement, "Children are sovereign humans." He goes on to share how he and his partner are raising their daughter Samara following this principle. At age 2, Samara (pictured below) helps her parents forage wild food for dinnereats organ meats and is learning the indigenous language of Passamaquoddy

fragilis award: Cure Taboo Underarm Sweat

Society loves to label nearly every one of our natural body functions as taboo. Pass gas in public...and you're a laughing stock. Menstruation? Considered disgusting. And heaven forbid you have the slightest hint of body odor, or *gasp* sweat marks under the arms of your t-shirt! In fact, we've now found a remedy for this pesky sweating problem that completely eradicates the need for antiperspirant — it's called Axilase and is a minor operation using lasers to destroy those problematic sweat glands. Why suppress sweat and mask odor when you can get to the root of the problem and just rid yourself of those sweat glands altogether!

Congratulations, Axilase! You are the winner of the May New Moon fragilis award!

Voice of the Tribe: The Ayahuasca Mysteries

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The Ayahuasca Mysteries: Wild Wisdom of the Divine Wine

By Dionisio Santos & Aubrey Bamdad

Sociocultural & Biochemical Pedigree

The traditional Amazonian pharmacopoeia has been gaining notoriety in modern psychotropic circles due to the rising fame of Ayahuasca, known for its emetic, cathartic, visionary, therapeutic, and at times, divinatory effects.  Both the favored beverage of well-travelled psychonauts as well as one the sacred plant of the Gods, Ayahuasca has been deified as the communion rite of many South American churches as well as the subject of countless books, blogs, online forums and articles.  If this wasn't enough paparazzi for a plant medicine to contend with, Ayahuasca has been listed as a narcotic drug in the same category as heroin and cocaine, due to the presence of the alkaloid Dimethyltryptamine, also known as DMT.  Easily, Ayahuasca could be considered one of the most influential entheogens of the post Richard Evans Schultes age of ethnobotany, humanity’s latest chapter of its ongoing relationship with the plant world.

fragilis award: Man Walks Dog While Driving Car

There have been some truly excellent #fragilisaward nominations being posted in the ReWild Yourself! Facebook group! This New Moon's pick came from the group, and, I have to say, it made me do a double take.

If you think you know what's going on in the above photo, you're most likely (and sadly) correct. Yes, the man in the vehicle is "walking his dog." The original article states that the man, vehicle, and dog did 5 laps around a parking lot going about 3mph, and then drove off. 

Walking is one of the greatest joys in life that one can experience! For many people, having a canine companion encourages daily walking since dogs often become depressed, anxious, and bored without doing so. In a post I wrote awhile back — "6 (Not Cliché) Tips I Learned From My Dog" — daily walking topped the list. I look forward to and relish in my walks with my canine companion, Kaina! The benefits of walking are far more than just cardiovascular exercise — our fluid bodies are adapted to the rhythmic pulse of walking and running, our lower leg muscles pump the fluids that accumulate in our legs back into the main-lines of our hydraulic system, and our geo-spatial awareness is developed as we explore the environment around us.

It Ends With Gratitude

On February 3rd, 2015 — Imbolc — I released the 8th and final Dispatch of ReWild Yourself! magazine.

I set out one year ago to bring this project into existence, and here I am again, wizened by one more trip around the sun, but back in the same alignment with it, as when I began. What started as a project to educate and entertain the reader turned into an unexpected journey deep into myself and back out into the world. I have felt honored — truly — to have embarked on such a quest, and to have been able to see it to its conclusion. Thank you for all your support, for your readership, for reminding me that there are others who value the exploration of such existential topics as these.

fragilis award: Stay-in-Bed-All-Day Desk

I've written at length of the many health issues caused by our modern day sedentism, particularly in the ReWild Yourself! Dispatch on Primal Movement. As ReWilders — reawakening the human animal — we strive to move daily, increasing our mobility and avoiding extended periods of sitting. We understand that natural movement is fundamental to being human. 

Sadly, it seems that many modern humans are moving in the opposite direction — moving less and less, decreasing in mobility and staying seated for most of their days. Without further ado, I'd like to introduce you to the latest and greatest in the doldrums of domestication and the fragilis award of this New Moon in Aquarius: The Stay-in-Bed-All-Day Desk. No longer is it necessary to rise from sleep to prepare for your day and head to your cubicle! Now you can simply roll over and grab your in-bed desk that allows you to remain immobile in your comfy bed while you tap away at the keyboard and stare into the glowing screen.