It was 2016, and my new book, P*ssy: A Reclamation, was about to hit shelves.
I could not share the title on Facebook or Instagram without breaking platform rules. Could not write an email with the title in the subject line without it winding up in spam.
I was devastated. How was I going to tell anyone about my new work of art? My poetic masterpiece? My chef d’oeuvre?
How could I publicize? Or market? Or make waves?
I tried to hire a PR team, but no one in the industry would to touch P*ssy with a 10-foot pole. (Sorry, I simply couldn’t resist 😉)
But this title, this book, was my truth.
I had spent whole decades studying and teaching women about the brilliant legacy of courtesans, sluts, and whores.
If you’re new to my work, the Courtesans were women who – during a time of almost unimaginable repression – refused to fall victim to self-doubt and disempowerment. Because they chose to connect with their turn-on, despite massive cultural resistance, they were able to use repression as an opportunity. To rise above it, rather than succumb to it.
What was the number one lesson the sluts, whores, and Courtesans taught me? The power of desire.
If there is something a woman wants, her desire alone is powerful enough to manifest it.
Of course, I wanted to experiment with this theory. So I challenged myself to live a life fueled solely by desire. And then, just as I was beginning to lose faith that my book would never be seen or spoken of, an inopportune opportunity arose.
In the lead-up to the 2016 elections, presidential candidate, Donald Trump, was caught on camera saying the now infamous phrase, “Grab em’ by the P*ssy”.
The headlines were suddenly splashed with his controversial quote. News outlets had picked it up and it was garnering national attention.
So, like the Courtesan that I am, I let Trump handle my publicity problem for me.
I sat back and watched all of the patriarchal barriers to the word, “P*ssy”, melt away.
And a few weeks later, my book made it onto the New York Times’ bestseller list.
In a surprise turn of events that only the Courtesans could have predicted, one of the worst sex offenders of our time, paved the way for one of the great liberators of our time to be heard.
Today, I want to celebrate another modern-day courtesan.
Stormy Daniels is an actress and director who was born in Baton Rouge. She is well-known for her work in the adult-film industry, where her cameos and performances have won awards. She is a woman who came from poverty, and created an extraordinary life for herself by plugging into her p*ssy power.
Great courtesans were not born, they were self-made. They had to cultivate and develop themselves. They had intelligence, profound self-awareness, a sense of outrageousness, grand imagination, and ample eroticism to spare.
But perhaps, even more importantly, they were motivated and taken higher by hardship.
I’d heard of people who had valiantly endured troubles, which was, in itself, a slight improvement over complaining about their trials and tribulations. But to profit from hardship? To actually create living poetry from an impossible set of difficulties? That is what happens when you choose your radiance, even in the darkest, most dire of circumstances.
The Courtesans saw their disadvantages differently than the rest of us. They saw their obstacles as a delicious game.
This move from victim to Courtesan was an impressive spiritual backflip, made possible only by a turned on, activated p*ssy.
Stormy Daniels is no stranger to adversity. Like the Courtesans before her, she chose to transcend her barriers and blocks by tapping into pleasure.
And the triumph of her storyline has never been more evident than it is now.
Just this week, Donald Trump became the first former president to be charged with a crime, after a grand jury in Manhattan voted to indict him late Thursday for paying Stormy off to secure her silence days before the presidential election took place.
This is the same man who falsely claimed the 2020 elections in the United States were stolen, demanded Pence and Congress reject Biden’s victory, and instigated a riot by encouraging a mob of his supporters to attack the United States Capitol building. Five people died and many people were injured, including 138 police officers. Four officers took their own lives in the months following the attack. The monetary damages are upwards of three million dollars.
Trump is going to jail. Not because he lied, not because broke the law, not because he did not pay his taxes, not because he incited a riot and caused deaths and destruction and threatened our democracy…but because Stormy Daniels boldly chose to run with the courtesans.
When a woman is fully embodying her turn-on, there is a part of her brilliance, her timing, her cheekiness, her courage, her risk-taking, that comes online inside of her being, in a way that it does not happen for a woman who ignores her p*ssy and her pleasure.
Speaking to The UK Times, Daniels said: “A person in power is not exempt from the law. And no matter what your job or bank account says, you’re held accountable for what you’ve said and done, and justice is served. It’s vindication. But it’s bittersweet. He’s done so much worse that he should have been taken down [for] before. And I am fully aware of the insanity of it being a porn star. But it’s also poetic…this p*ssy grabbed back.”
Daniels added: “There’s something really ironic and hilarious that I got the news about the indictment while I was sitting on a horse named Redemption.”
And to me, there is something really ironic, hilarious, and inspiring about the fact that all it took was one woman – powered by p*ssy – to bring down one of the most dangerous and destructive men of our time.
So today, I want you to celebrate the fierce, unstoppable, hot-blooded courtesan in YOU, sister.
To tap into this ancient lineage and use it to disrupt the systems, authorities, and injustices that threaten your life force and your freedoms.
There is so much power in following your P*ssy.
Stormy knows it, I know it, and now it’s your turn to take your radiance with both hands, and use it to change the world.
With so much love and pleasure,
Regena is a feminist icon, a teacher, a speaker, a mother, a best-selling author, and creatrix and CEO of The School of Womanly Arts.