Diana Pearson

DianaDiana Pearson completed a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Vancouver Island University (2017). She has published non-fiction in The Hampton Institute, Truth-out, Earth Common Journal, and Compass Rose, and creative non-fiction in Portal Magazine. Among her many research interests, some of her favourites include feminist analysis of medical literature, critical pedagogy of sexuality, the radical potential of polyamory, and the politics of sex-positive feminism. In her creative writing, Diana explores many of these topics through existential questions about the interplay between sexuality and subjectivity.

In the final year of Diana’s undergraduate degree, she wrote as a sex columnist for VIU’s undergraduate newspaper, The Navigator. Diana is also a lampworker (glass artist), creative writer, musician, holistic nutritionist, and sex-positive feminist. Her creative and entrepreneurial paths have been valuable experiences which have led to her interest in pursuing graduate studies at the University of Alberta.

 

PUBLICATIONS: PEER-REVIEWED

Pearson, Diana. 2017. “‘My G-spot is Not a Myth!’: Unpacking the (Controversial) Vaginal Orgasm Debate in Recent Medical Journals.” Feminist Spaces 3.2 (Spring/Summer): 21-33. https://feministspacesjournal.org/journal/

Pearson, Diana. 2016. “The Construction of the Genevan ‘Woman’ in Rousseau’s Discourse on Inequality.” Compass Rose. http://wordpress.viu.ca/compassrose/files/2016/05/Pearson- Construction-of-the-Genevan-“Woman”.pdf

Pearson, Diana, and Roya Yazdanmehr. 2014. “Edmonton Hiphop Kulture: Techniques of Self and Cultural Sustainability.” Earth Common Journal: Everyday Activism vol. 4, no. 1: 49-59. https://journals.macewan.ca/earthcommon/issue/view/12

 

CREATIVE PUBLICATIONS

Pearson, Diana. 2018. “Sweetie.” In Apocalypse Sinks Ships: A Book of Weird Stories. Calgary, Alberta: Adam Wing Publishing.

Robinson, Shima, and Diana Pearson. 2018. “Matt ‘Creeazn’ Wood.” In Activists Under 30: Global Youth, Social Justice, and Good Work, edited by Shirley Steinberg. Netherlands: Brill Sense.

Pearson, Diana. 2017. “Fairy Tale Whim.” In Portal: Words to Transport You, 70-77. Nanaimo, BC: Vancouver Island University.

Pearson, Diana. 2016–2017. “Sex-positive Q & A” (Sept. 7, 2016); “Closer: Notes from the Orgasmic Frontier of Women’s Sexuality (Book Review)” (Sept. 7, 2016); “Communicating Desire” (Sept. 21, 2016); “Overcoming Sexual Trauma” (Oct. 5, 2016); “Showcasing Asexuality” (Oct. 19, 2016); “STI-gma” (Nov. 2, 2016); “That Goes Where?” (Nov. 16, 2016); “Science, Sexism, Media, and the Body Binary” (Nov. 30, 2016); “Charmed by Sugar N’ Spice: Sleigh Bells Ring” (Jan. 11, 2017); “Wheels of Promiscuity” (Jan. 11, 2017); “Loving the Way We See Fit” (Jan. 25, 2017); “Reproductive Rights and Trump’s War On Sex” (Feb. 8, 2017); “VIU Student Delegates Envision the Road to 2067 at Converge 2017” (Feb. 22 2017); “Tips to Help You Celebrate International Women’s Day” (Mar. 8, 2017); “Accessing Sex” (Apr. 5, 2017). In Dirtyin’ the Nav Sex Column, The Navigator, VIU, Nanaimo, BC.

Pearson, Diana. 2015. “Between the No Longer and the Not Yet: Culture Circle as Resistance to a Pedagogy of Sedation.” Hampton Institute: A Working-Class Think Tank, March 5, 2015. Re- published by Truth-out.org. http://www.hamptoninstitution.org/pedagogy-of- sedation.html#.XDKaOqcZNE8

 

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

“Converging VIU: A University’s Role in Addressing Social Crisis.” Invited speaker, President’s Senior Council Meeting. VIU, Nanaimo, BC. March 2017.

“Converging VIU: A University’s Role in Addressing Social Crisis.” Invited speaker, Board of Governors General Meeting. VIU, Nanaimo, BC. March 2017.

“Blending Sex-positive Feminism with Personal Narratives.” Invited speaker, TeaTalks: Like TedTalks but Tastier. VIU Women’s Collective, Nanaimo, BC. March 2017.

“Edmonton Hiphop Kulture: Techniques of Self and Cultural Sustainability.” Research presentation. Music Conference Alberta. Edmonton, AB. October 2014.

“Creativity and Inner Conflict: Auto-Ethnography and Reflection of an Artist’s Inner Dialogue.” Audio installation. Another Think Coming: Student Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Showcase. MacEwan University, Edmonton, AB. January 2014.