Selling the Fantasy of Fertility and ‘The Cycle: Living A Taboo’

I’ve mentioned the wonderful Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos and her book on my resources page and I’m delighted to let you know of two events that she’s involved in which will (in my humble opinion), really help to really push forward the conversation about infertility and childlessness.

The first is an article in today’s New York Times, where Pamela and Miriam Zoll, discuss the other side of the infertility story, that side that you and I know too well.

Pamela’s blog post on the same topic is here.

And secondly, here’s a letter from Pamela explaining a really exciting event called ‘The Cycle; Living a Taboo.’

Unfortunately for me it’s in New York and, although I’d love to go, I can’t justify the trip, otherwise I would certainly be there. Please consider adding your voice by supporting this event in any way you can.

On Friday, September 27, 2013 , in Lower Manhattan at the BMCC Tribeca Performance Arts Center Theater #2, “The Cycle: Living A Taboo” will convene patients, doctors, authors, filmmakers, and trauma therapists familiar with infertility and treatments for this long overdue public dialogue. The 90-minute program will include dramatic readings, film segments, and intentional conversations about stigma, hype versus hope, and trading losses in for life. The Cycle will be recorded and filmed; segments may be used in a documentary of the same name.

Your presence as part of the audience or your support of this triumphant group is absolutely needed to mark the beginning of societal change in how we universally speak about this once taboo topic. It’s important to understand that there is more than one ending to the infertility story.

Forum co-producer Vodar, said, “For thirty-five years the $4 billion global reproductive technology industry enjoyed the coverage from mainstream media filtered predominantly through a lens of technological advancements and ‘success’ and endings that include delivery of a baby. When you are not successful with the treatment you fall off the charts, you disappear, you don’t exist.”

Event co-producer and documentary filmmaker, Irina Vodar, collaborated with a team of medical and mental health professionals and patients to share their trials and triumphs, and ultimately give birth to a language that supports and offers compassion to those who live this taboo in silence.

“We aim to challenge conventional wisdom and foster a new, more open dialogue about infertility,” said Pamela Tsigdinos, co-producer and author of Silent Sorority. “Rather than remain silent, for fear of being shamed or judged, we will give voice to what has been a profoundly misunderstood and misrepresented human experience.”

Tickets are $30 through September 20; $40 hereafter. To reserve a ticket, please see below.


Who Should Attend:  People facing a diagnosis of infertility, those who have experienced fertility treatments—whether they succeeded or not––and those who have adopted children are welcome to attend this historic event. Organizers also invite friends and family members of people coping with infertility and those whose loved ones did not become parents after treatments failed. Also welcome are fertility doctors and nurses, representatives from the mental health community, including social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists, and members of the media who interested in improving how they report on issues linked to this complex health condition.

When: September 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Where:  BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Theatre2,  199 Chambers between Greenwich and West Street

To learn more about the Forum and the documentary, please see below

On behalf of the Forum team I thank you for your support and presence on Friday, September 27.

Yours in service,

Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos
Co-Producer: The Cycle: Living a Taboo
Buy Tickets to The Cycle: Living a Taboo
Author: Award-Winning Book Silent Sorority
Make a tax deductible donation to Change How Media Covers Infertility

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