As I investigated further, I found that she had recently moved to Massachusetts from Israel. I was like, "No way! I just swapped countries with this person who shares my (somewhat uncommon) love of penis art!"
So when Noa asked me to come see her studio after I got back to Massachusetts a few weeks ago, I was excited to go.
I drove out into the Massachusetts countryside where Noa's home/farm/studio is. When I arrived, I was greeted by some free-roaming chickens on her front walkway. Noa welcomed me in, past the chickens and goats and wood piles, to her beautiful studio. I got to see her incredibly detailed penis replicas, in wax, silicone, and ceramic.
Here's my interview with Noa of Bulbulz Studio.
Pleasure Pie: Why penises?
Noa Bulbulz: I always was fascinated with this organ. Such an interesting organ/object that has so many features embodied together that you can't find elsewhere. As someone who has never had one, and never will ( :( ), I have always been very curious about what it's like to live with a penis. What does it feel like from the other side — the side of the one who owns it? I don't that think that I'm very different from many other women who feel curious about it. [Editor's note: Just a reminder that genitals aren't always indicative of gender identity — what we're really talking about here is people without penises, and that group includes some men, most (but not all) women, some nonbinary people, and some people who don't identify with any of these labels.]
In my distant past, I worked in a sex toy store and was really disappointed by the poor quality of the products. The smell that some of the products had — something between cheap petroleum oil and rubber.
They tried to tell me that there are more things to do than penises. Of course there are! But I'm not interested.
PP: How does your work relate to body positivity?
NB: I support cock positivity! It's rare for us to see a penis as an individual object — something pretty we can look at without judging it the way society teaches us to.
The replicas also bring the penis down to earth level. You can talk about it. You can hold it. You can look at it. It's not just a sexual organ anymore. It's a subject for daily discussion.
PP: When you create a piece from someone’s penis, what do you hope they will get out of it?
NB: I hope to fulfill a sexual fantasy and help their self-confidence and self-love.
PP: As an immigrant to the US, what do you think of the way sex is (or isn’t) talked about in this country? How does it compare to what you’re used to in Israel?
NB: I've been in the US for only two years, and from what I see on TV, there isn't really open sexual discussion of sex on American television at all. They can't even say the word penis, which is a bodily organ and is not a rude word!
I support cock positivity!
In Israel, talking about sex crosses populations, sectors, and occupations. You do not have to belong to a particular group to talk about it or listen to it. It's everywhere, and yes, they also talk about sex on the news if there is something interesting (for instance, there were a few articles about me by regular newspapers and radio stations).
PP: Anything else you want to share for our readers?
NB: Yes — the fact that I deal with penises does not mean that I want to be harassed on Facebook, in reality, or anywhere else.