Intimate care: exploring eTextiles for teaching female pelvic fitness

Teresa Almeida, Rob Comber, Patrick Olivier, Madeline Balaam

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Intimate care is integral to the lifecourse, and it includes care tasks that are linked to personal hygiene, bodily functions and products. In this paper, we explore the potential of eTextiles as catalysts for conversations around intimate care. We designed a kit that integrates eTextiles as the core material to teach and learn about intimate parts of the self and to support body literacy. We deployed this design kit in an educational context, with a group of six female participants aged 15-16. We suggest avenues for future research within health and wellbeing, in combination with smart, wearable materials.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS’14 Companion Publication of the 2014 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Subtitle of host publicationJune 21–25, 2014 Vancouver, BC, Canada
EditorsShaowen Bardzell, Carman Neustaedter, Eric Paulos
Place of PublicationNew York NY US
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781450329033
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventDesigning Interactive Systems 2014 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 21 Jun 201425 Jun 2014


ConferenceDesigning Interactive Systems 2014
Abbreviated titleDIS 2014
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  • Body literacy
  • Care
  • Craft
  • Design
  • ETextiles
  • Health
  • Materiality
  • Wearable
  • Wellbeing

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