What a difference a (few) day(s) makes

hi all – Meredith here.

I intended to post earlier in the week, but things have been a bit crazy lately!

A couple of posts ago, I wrote about how I’d been contacted by the media to talk critically about a particular fundraising effort currently underway in Canada. Well, things have really taken off! It’s been king of exhausting…

It’s amazing how you can innocently take something on as a thesis project, and then suddenly find yourself speaking about it as some kind of “expert”. That’s certainly been the case with me. I only ever intended to spend some time looking at female body practices when it came to pubic hair! Now I’m being quoted all over the place about it.

It was the communications department at our fair university that really helped garner much of this interest. Just for the record: if you’re affiliated with Queen’s and you want to get your voice out into the world, let them know what you’ve been up to. They’ll draft up a press release (here’s a link to the one they wrote for me: http://www.queensu.ca/news/media/hottopic/julyna-pubic-hair-fundraiser and then you’ll be off.

So here, for your amusement (if you’re interested in this kind of thing) is some of the media coverage. It’s been pretty varied. Some of it paints me as being a little more extreme in my position than others.

The Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/health-news/a-bikini-wax-to-fight-breast-cancer-here-comes-julyna/article2081912/

The MontrealGazette: http://www.montrealgazette.com/Julyna+cancer+campaign+raises+hackles/5027754/story.html

CTV.ca: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20110629/move-over-movember-hair-comes-julyna-110629/

and, hilariously enough, the widely-read Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/01/julyna-canadian-cervical-_n_888554.html

Though I’m trained as a journalist and have spent lots of time interviewing people, it’s something quite different to be on the other side of the mic. It’s been weird to see how readily writers have turned off-handed comments into viable quotes. It’s felt a little vulnerable not to be in control of the final story.

I’m going to be on the radio tonight — hilariously, it’s a station in Vancouver, CKNW — talking about Julyna along with the event’s founder. Should be an interesting time.

And then, who knows what will happen next?

So: keep going with your research, and always bear in mind that taking it to the media is a way to get some of your ideas disseminated out into the world. It’s been a little challenging — I’ve certainly had to face some extreme comments and reactions to my point-of-view, but I think as long as it gets a conversation going, it’s a worthwhile process.

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