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The Origin of the World: Science and Fiction of the Vagina Paperback – Dec 1 2008

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (Dec 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861894066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861894069
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.5 x 24 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,341,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A wise and sympathetic view from a knowledgable male professional who has really been listening to women. Drenth's book is full of intriguing anecdotes both personal and historical."
(Rachel Maines, author of The Technology of the Orgasm: Hysteria, the Vibrator and Women's Sexual Satisfaction 2004-11-01)

"Entertaining and illuminating."
(Lucy Ellmann The Glasgow Herald 2005-02-01)

"An engrossing read: amusing, frightening, and informative in turns. Drenth has provided an excellent basic resource for thinking about women's genitalia as more than flesh and function."

(Virginia Braun BMJ Journals 2005-04-23)

"A highly satisfactory collection . . . fascinating accounts of the physiology of vaginal response, thoughtful readings of literature, films, and works of art, and a surprising range of trivia. The erudite book displays a brisk and slightly demented sense of humor."

(Jenny Davidson Village Voice 2005-05-03)

"Straddling the genres of popular science, literary criticism, how-to, and cultural studies, this 289-page tome is packed with fascinating facts and provocative analysis, all delivered in a quirky, thoughtful voice."– Bitch (Feminist Response to Pop Culture)


About the Author

Jelto Drenth is a sexologist at the Rutgers Foundation in Groningen, the Netherlands.

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