Vagina: A New Biography Hardcover – Aug 24 2012
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Naomi Wolf has tried hard to look at female sexuality as it really is, not as pop culture or political correctness would like it to be ... The science of female arousal is complex and woefully neglected, and Wolf has done us all a favour by trying to drag it into the mainstream -- Jemima Lewis Mail on Sunday Wolf's tome could not be better timed ... at a time when Western women's bodies have never been more highly politicised, the one person who might be able to shine a ray of light ... has to be Wolf. Perhaps this history will do for 21st century activism what The Beauty Myth did for 1990s feminists ... Wolf is exploring territory we haven't heard about since Germaine Greer in the 1970 -- Viv Groskop Independent on Sunday Worth respecting, even celebrating ... there is [here] a very intriguing thesis about love ... If you are one of those School of Cosmo feminists who has been arguing for decades that women should be more like men sexually ... then Wolf's take is genuinely revolutionary -- Sarah Vine The Times Part memoir, part cultural history and part scientific journey around women's sexuality, the best elements of which illuminate how little women generally know about their own anatomy -- Emma Brockes Guardian Writing with her signature blend of poetry and polemics, Naomi Wolf delivers a fiercely courageous portrait of female sexuality in the twenty-first century. As usual, Wolf writes what others are afraid to say. -- Susan Cain, author of New York Times bestseller QUIET --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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An astonishing work of cutting-edge science and cultural history that radically reframes how we understand the vagina—and consequently, how we understand women—from one of our most respected cultural critics and thinkers, Naomi Wolf, author of the modern classic The Beauty Myth.
When an unexpected medical crisis sends Naomi Wolf on a deeply personal journey to tease out the intersections between sexuality and creativity, she discovers, much to her own astonishment, an increasing body of scientific evidence that suggests that the vagina is not merely flesh, but an intrinsic component of the female brain—and thus has a fundamental connection to female consciousness itself.
Utterly enthralling and totally fascinating, Vagina: A New Biography draws on this set of insights about "the mind-vagina connection" to reveal new information about what women really need, and considers what a sexual relationship—and a relationship to the self—transformed by these insights could look like.
Exhilarating and groundbreaking, Vagina: A New Biography combines rigorous science, explained for lay readers, with cultural history and deeply personal considerations of the role of female desire in female identity, creativity, and confidence, from interviewees of all walks of life. Heralded by Publishers Weekly as one of the best science books of the year, it is a provocative and deeply engaging book that elucidates the ties between a woman's experience of her vagina and her sense of self; her impulses, dreams, and courage; and her role in love and in society in completely new and revelatory ways sure to provoke impassioned conversation.
A brilliant and nuanced synthesis of physiology, history, and cultural criticism, Vagina: A New Biography explores the physical, political, and spiritual implications of this startling series of new scientific breakthroughs for women and for society as a whole, from a writer whose conviction and keen intelligence have propelled her works to the tops of bestseller lists, and firmly into the realms of modern classics.See all Product Description
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It might get rid of the shame,the old wives tales that are still prevalent today.
Naomi Wolf delves right into her topic and does a great job educating her audience.
I would highly recommend this book for both men and women.
As someone who considers themselves educated and knowledgable about women's issues, this book was eye and mind opening. Who knows what we don't know if no-one ever talks about it from our elders, to our teachers to our doctors?
How can we expect men to understand us if we don't understand ourselves?
The latest neuroscience about the mind-body-soul-vagina connection was interpreted so that both those with and those without medical experience could understand, appreciate and enjoy it. A beautiful balance of hard facts and intuitive knowing, woven into a very readable book that had me saying "Now I get it!" at every turn. It provided me with a vocabulary for the things I only knew intuitively.
This book leaves you brimming with immediately usable knowledge!
If this was a mandatory (yet, at the same time, enjoyable) read for all our young men and young woman, we would create the foundation for a better world.
I love, love, LOVED it!
The book focuses more on hetesexual history of the vagina but the author if I remember well admits to this limitation. I still recommend the book for all to read because it also explains some on the prevailing social dynamics between men and women which we must all consider regardless of our own sexual orientation since some of our decisions or choices may be influenced by the previaling social climate. I could say so much more.
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In this flaky feminist romance manual masquerading as body science (doubling as unstated promotion for Scientology principles), Naomi Wolf is alarmingly astonished to learn that... Read morePublished on Dec 27 2013 by cyberfox29
This should be required reading for every heterosexual couple before living together. There is a wealth of valuable information in here that can change one's life for the better. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2013 by D. Winston
I loved how Naomi put it all together with history, psychology, physiology and spirituality. Now I understand why sex is so good for us. A real sexual awakening. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2013 by paulette bibeau
Always the science buff and big on Biology, I've now been well informed about the psychological and physiological importance of a part of a woman's body that is seldom talked... Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2013 by rachelleme
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