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Vaginas should smell like vaginas, not flowers: my 24/7 Ig Nobel talk

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Last Thursday, a number of dreams I didn’t even know I had were fulfilled: talking about vaginas in front of over a thousand people at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University, singing the Elements Song with Nobel Laureates and Amanda Palmer (I KNOW!!!), making jokes about the effects of coffee as a diuretic as I, aforementioned Nobel Laureates, and Ignitaries served as the chorus for a Coffee Opera, and did I mention I talked about vaginas at Sanders Theatre at Harvard?

To watch the 24/7 talks, start at 0:55; to watch mine in particular, start at 1:00. I even get to give two different 7 word descriptions. ETA: To understand the context of the 24/7 talk, see this post I wrote in August on vaginal pH and douching.

I had a great time with all involved. The Ig Nobel crew were efficient, funny and kind. I can only hope to be funny enough to be allowed back again one day.

Kate Clancy About the Author: Dr. Kate Clancy is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois. She studies the evolutionary medicine of women’s reproductive physiology, and blogs about her field, the evolution of human behavior and issues for women in science. Find her comment policy here. Follow on Twitter @KateClancy.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. scicurious 8:52 am 10/4/2011

    And it was BRILLIANT!! Congratulations. :)

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  2. 2. kclancy 10:29 am 10/4/2011

    Thanks Sci! As soon as I walked up to the glare of the lights I forgot everything. So I was really glad I had my crib sheet in front of me :) .

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  3. 3. KDCosta 10:39 am 10/4/2011

    Kate, you were fantastic! Nicely done.

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  4. 4. Anne Jefferson 11:13 pm 10/4/2011

    Fabulous! Just like you.

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