I LOVE CLAUDE IS AN ONLINE SEXUAL HEALTH RESOURCE AND ART PROJECT FOR WOMEN WHO PLAY WITH WOMEN, AND AN INITIATIVE OF ACON.
Claude runs a range of sex and sexual health workshops (on everything from beginner’s BDSM, to lube tasting, to fisting, to negotiation and consent…). To keep up with our upcoming workshops and events, go like us on Facebook.
We need volunteers to help provide info and safe sex packs to LGBTIQ and kink events, to help us pack our play packs (we feed you. It’s actually really fun), and to help out at our workshops and events: scoot over here and sign up to be a Claude!
finding a doctor who understands you and your (sex)life can be tough. check out our health services page.
don’t know what to expect from a sexual health test? find out about sexual health & get a regular testing habit.
Claude was named after the French surrealist artist and writer, Claude Cahun, whose radical life and art practice embody many of the core principles that underpin the resource.
Born Lucy Schwob in 1894, she adopted the pseudonym Claude Cahun for its gender ambiguity. Cahun was creatively most active at the peak of the Surrealist and Dadaist movements throughout the 1920s and 1930s, although her work has been frequently absent from surveys and retrospectives of this period, most probably due to the dissenting nature of her work and her gender.
Cahun’s body of work reveals an individual captivated by the infinite possibilities of self-transformation and transcendence through visual explorations of androgyny, subversion and sexual fluidity. At a time when women were still intellectually and creatively marginalised, Cahun appropriated the visual and conceptual qualities of surrealism to the medium of self-portraiture, to celebrate her identity and sexuality on her own terms.
Defiantly turning her gaze back on the viewer, she inaugurated herself as an active agent of her own identity and sexuality, at a period in art history when surrealism was deconstructing and compartmentalising women’s bodies as objects to be fetishised or gazed upon.
Cahun has influenced numerous contemporary artists such as Cindy Sherman, Del LaGrace Volcano, and Nan Goldin, and continues to inspire and activate the work of Claude.
‘Under this mask, another mask. I will never be finished removing all these faces.’ Claude Cahun