Being A Woman Today is an international project to both promote, and better understand, women's sexual well-being. This is done through large scale surveys, online communities, and interactive Talk Shows.
It brings together some of the worlds leading clinical sexologists and related researchers, to conduct the largest research project in history.
The plan is to conduct 50 major international surveys over the next 5 years. These surveys will address the scope of women's sexual and overall wellbeing.
One of the fundamental aspects of being a healthy adult woman is her own sexuality. Yet this is rarely talked about, and has never been studied on a truly large scale. By taking great care to ensure confidentiality, we are asking women world-wide to honestly answer questions they might not feel comfortable talking about in public.
Each of us are unique. We want all women to have the option to experience what healthy sexuality is for them, and be comfortable with themselves. Until we truly know what this means on a large scale, it is difficult to accurately even reference this with credibility. That is why we are doing this study.
The first study asks a very basic question: “Have you had an orgasm?” Depending on your answer, from there it asks 5 more short questions.
Why is this important?
Surprisingly few large scale studies have been done on female sexuality and orgasm. Most were based on small numbers of women, in limited areas. Many widely held public beliefs, and opinions about female sexuality appear to have come from studies conducted decades ago.
These beliefs affect all of us, both subtly and directly. This ranges from our personal perception of our own bodies, to public opinion, and ultimately public policy.
How can we base our private and public opinions around something that no one has researched on a large scale? Were these previous studies correct? Do they apply across cultures, and world-wide? As far as we know, this has never been looked at on a large scale.
Finding clear answers - stimulating discussion
Since these surveys are anonymous, women do not have to take the risk of personal embarrassment.
However, by participating, they are playing a critical part in starting this important, world-wide conversation. By taking the survey, and thinking about the topics, some women may feel more comfortable to express themselves. If they wish, they can join our social network and discuss topics with women from all over the world. As well they can watch and actively participate in our "Reality Talk Show". This project is streamed live on the Internet and allows women to post questions real time.
As a result of this, several other things might just happen:
The truth and need for women's sexual well-being may become apparent – and perhaps in the future this topic won't be so difficult to openly discuss.
How will the world be different if both women and men were not afraid, or uncomfortable, to honestly talk with each other about one of the most fundamental aspects of our lives?
Once we can openly talk with each other, what other areas might we be able to address?
Isn't it time we had clear answers to these questions?
Our goal is to fundamentally improve the understanding, and acceptance of women's sexual well-being.
Is this important to you? How will you feel knowing that you were a critical part of this ground-breaking research? How will you feel abut this 20 years from now, or even in just a few years? Do you want to be part of this positive change?
We are coordinating with Researchers around the world to conduct this research project in over 35 countries.
The initial study is currently running in "beta" mode, and at the moment is only available in English and Chinese. We are translating the first survey into as many other languages as we can. These include; Spanish, Polish, German, French, Hebrew, Swahili, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and other languages.
Once the crowd funding is complete and all languages have been added, the first study will run for 12 months. Soon after, additional studies will be launched. This will follow an ongoing 5 year research roadmap.
To provide truly clear answers we need a large number of women to participate, from as many countries as possible. We have set a rather ambitious goal of having over 10 million women participate. That is almost 1 million female participants per month.
How we will reach that many people
Our Research Advisors and media contacts are located all over the world. We are launching a coordinated international campaign that leverages traditional and Internet media. We will be sending press releases on a regular basis to every major news outlet world wide.
Many of the Research Advisors are TV and related media personalities in their respective countries. They will be reporting about the project on their shows. Many women's organizations and related groups are also helping to promote this study.
We are also launching a Reality TV / Talk Show to both follow this study as it evolves, and provide accurate information and education. Participants video conference in live from all over the world and address key topics related to important women's issues. Remote segments and interviews are streamed live from many international locations. You can also join the conversation by posting questions in the online forum. The show will be streamed live on the Internet, and available for replay later.
To achieve this we need your support and help!
Who are we?
Dr. Agata Loewe, Dr. Ted McIlvenna, and Steve McGough are the crowd funding coordinators. Ali Rae is one of our Reality Talk Show hosts. You can find out more about us by clicking on the links for our names.
The Research advisors are a collaboration of researchers, sex therapists, and related groups from all over the world. We all have the common goal of advancing sexual well-being for everyone.
Many of the Research Advisors are well known TV personalities and Sexologists in their respective countries. Others have already played a historic role in women's sexual well-being research. More members will be joining the team throughout this and upcoming studies.
Why are we doing this project?
We are doing this because it is important, and needed, particularly today.
The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (IASHS) is one of the oldest, and Internationally respected Institutes in the world for sexological research. The IASHS has extensive world wide research contacts, but needed a team to allow them to extend their work to the Internet. One of their Associate Professors, who is also working on his Ph. D at the IASHS, had access to the resources needed to extend this to the Internet. After an extensive review, this project came into being. You can learn about it's history here.
Why are we seeking Crowd Funding?
We are seeking funding from public supporters for several reasons:
This is a large project, designed to run for several years. Several hundred thousand dollars of work, software development and related services have already been donated to this project. However, to promote the study internationally, setup research facilities, and launch the Realty TV show, additional funding is needed.
Relying on grants and funding from traditional sources potentially limits the questions we can ask. Women's sexual well-being has not historically been well funded. Plus, the sources often require the study to be designed to meet the view or design requirements of the funding source. We felt that to be completely impartial, we needed the funding to have no externally determined agenda requirements.
Moreover, this study is intended to be truly international. Our goal is for women to participate from all over the world. We want all countries to know that the data and results will be completely impartial. If we received funding from a particular country or institution, the question of us being completely impartial would always be there.
This campaign will help promote the Study. The study was created to be used, and promoted virally on the Internet. However, grass roots, person to person promotion is critical as well. When you purchase, and use Perks, such as bumper stickers, you'll help spread the word even further.
Finally, we believe this project is important and potentially historic. With crowd funding, you get to play a critical part in history. We do not know what the results will be from this study. We do know that it will stimulate discussion world wide about women's sexual well-being. We believe that this discussion, backed by large scale data will help all of us better understand what it truly means to be a woman.
20 years from now, how will you feel knowing that you were part of this positive movement?
How will the funds be used?
A summary is below.
Funds will be used for three areas:
Enhancing the survey platform and promoting it worldwide. This includes the Reality TV Show and other promotions.
Setup a research location at the IASHS to continue evaluation of this, and other new and related technologies.
Establish a grant program for ongoing research in this, and other areas.
What if we exceed our funding goal?
That would be wonderful! If this does happen, all funds will be allocated to enhancing research in the above areas.
We also want to disclose that funds are being collected by Human Innovations, LLC which is developing and maintaining the platform. Steve McGough is an associate Professor at the IASHS and is also the director of R&D at Human Innovations. Human Innovations has already provided the current infrastructure for the project. Human Innovations, LLC and the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality have a written agreement that matches our listing of how the funds will be used on the website.
Other Ways You Can Help
We understand that not everyone can contribute, but you can still help support this project:
If you're a woman, take the survey. You can also tell everybody about it, whether you are a man or a woman.
TELL EVERYONE about this campaign AND the survey. Ask them to tell their friends, and ask their friends to tell their friends! This is very important and we greatly appreciate your help.
Call your local Radio and TV stations and ask them to do a report on the study. Ask their female media representatives to consider taking the surveys. The more who know about the survey the better!
PLEASE -- share the indigogo link to the site EVERYWHERE. The more people that see the site, the better our chances of success. Plus our Indigogo points go up when people click on the link. This increases our chances of being on the front page for Indiegogo, and get even more exposure.
Use the Indigogo tools for spreading the word.
We can't thank you enough for your help! Thank You - Thank You - THANK YOU!