Vaginal Davis is an avant-garde performance artist, film director, musician and zine editor.
Her first zine was titled Fertile LaToya Jackson, named after the drag queen of the same name. Her next zine, appearing in the early 1990s, was called Shrimp, named for the slang word for a sexual act involving feet. Her third zine was entitled Yes, Ms. Davis, which was released in the mid 1990's.She has also contributed to a number of seminal zines and is a writer for a number of publications.
She has performed with such artists as Margaret Cho, Beck and Lisa Carver and collaborated with performance artist Ron Athey and photographer Rick Castro. She has also made a number of films.
Vaginal Davis has had a noteworthy musical career. One of her first bands was Pedro, Muriel and Esther, or PME, whose most recent CD, The White To be Angry, was produced by Steve Albini. She was a founding member of Cholita! with Alice Bag (of the seminal 1970's punk band The Bags). More recently she formed a band in Berlin named Ruth Fischer.
Davis' name is an homage to the radical black feminist Angela Davis.
- The White To be Angry, directed by Vaginal Davis (1999)
- Can I Be Your Bratwurst, Please, directed by Rosa von Praunheim (1999)
- Hustler White, directed by Rick Castro and Bruce LaBruce (1998)
- Designy living, directed by Vaginal Davis (1994)
- Super 81/2, directed by Bruce LaBruce (1994)
- Three Faces of Woman, directed by Vaginal Davis (1994)