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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco (Aug. 31 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061989169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061989162
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on Dec 16 2012
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This is a book that would help women.men and the medical community to understand how women's bodies work.
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.
Barbara
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I strongly recommend this book to everyone old enough to read it. This book should be taught in schools. It would help so many people understand themselves and the women in their lives to start the healing that is very much needed. It helped me understand why I did not like being a woman and it helped me continue the path of healing I had embarked on. The author mentions in her book how vibrators are desensitizing. That information was crucial in helping me reclaim my sexuality. Thanks to the scientific information in the book, and with the help of my partner I embarked on a new journey of exploration whereby I did not need the vibrator anymore. That was a personal wish of mine. It is possible to rewire your brain to enjoy different type of pleasure. But you do have to avoid the vibrator (or fetish) for some time to get used to something different. I am essentially still desensitized to vibrators but luckily as is explained in book in detail the female anatomy does not only have one zone of pleasure. If you understand your own anatomy and listen to your intuition then it is easier to find another path of pleasure. A must read for men and women.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucinda on May 7 2013
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I wish every man involved with a woman would read this book. It gives information that would make anyone a better lover, as it gives a very thorough account of a woman's needs. It is also an extremely well researched book. Naomi Wolf interviews leading scientists, historians and even takes a tantric sex class. It is also a book that would help every woman understand herself better. It was eyeopening for me in a lot of ways. I really recommend this book for anyone interested in learning about woman, and how sexual norms throughout the world and over time have affected us all.
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An insightful, profound and much-needed view on the meta level of experience and mind-body connection. Naomi Wolf is brave, bushwhacking through consciousness. A true iconoclast! Women everywhere should thank her. It's time we understand that the female body and consciousness is a spiritual pathway to enlightened awareness.
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By D. Winston on Sept. 4 2013
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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. I bought a second copy just to loan out to my friends!
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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. Profound and enlivening. Thank you Naomi.
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