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Femalia Paperback – January 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Down There Press; 1 edition (January 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940208156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940208155
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,789,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"You will find these images some of the most beautiful you've ever seen, or be shocked by them. This book is a magic mirror letting you know exactly how you feel about female genitalia. It's a perfect coffee table book."-- Annie Sprinkle, Performance Artist

"In these photographs of the vulva the hidden is revealed--as a reality and as an art form. The anatomic variability which makes each human face distinct is clearly reflected all over our bodies, and is now appreciated in the 'femalia'." -- Sadja Greenwood, M.D., M.H.P., Author, Menopause, Naturally --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Joani Blank has been working in the field of sexuality as a writer, editor, counselor, teacher, community volunteer and entrepreneur for more than thirty years. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Customer Reviews

What's here is good... and exactly what I expected... but there's a lot less of it than I thought I'd remembered.
Victoria Pendragon
Also like faces, perhaps even more, that common plan still leaves room for boundless variety and for every woman to have an appearance all her own.
wiredweird
As I see it, the importance and beauty of this book is its willingness to portray women's genitals in an honest, non-sexualized way.
Mike Rust

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

91 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Mike Rust on July 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
These photographs are shockingly beautiful, largely because ofthe deceptive simplicity of style.
[Some] have complained that the photographs in this book are not "artistic" enough. As I see it, the importance and beauty of this book is its willingness to portray women's genitals in an honest, non-sexualized way. Art or abstraction is entirely opposite to the purpose of portraying the reality of women's bodies, as free as possible from the typical conceptions of Western culture (think of how naked women are usually shown in canonical art, or, better yet, pornography). The remark one reader made that many of the vulvas depicted would scare male readers is quite telling. They might scare a lot of readers, and the confrontation and analysis of that fear is what makes this book immensely important rather than just visually beautiful.
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Penelope Ocha on March 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
I used Femalia in a variety of workshops I present for women, many of whom previously didn't even have words for their sexual parts beyond "down there."

And I've found that looking at and talking about these photos often enables women to talk about sexual issues, trauma, abuse or sexual joy, often feeling safe to do so for the first time in their lives.

Now that I've begun reading about the horrible new plastic surgery they call "labial beautification," I wish more women had access to a book like Femalia to see how diverse and wonderful women's bodies are.

It's intriguing to me that many of the reader reviews posted here by by men who complain that the photos didn't do a thing for them. I don't think these were intended to be sexual turn-ons. And those who've complained that these photos are merely gynecological are missing the point. Unlike men, women can't easily see their own sexual parts. It's important and helpful that these show--in a very realsitic fashion--just how we are made.

Bottom line--if you'll forgive the pun--is that I find Femalia to be an incredibly empowering book for the women who've seen it and one of the best teaching tools available as far as female sexuality is concerned.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
Femalia is a wonderful book illustrating the many variations of vulva. If any girl or woman thinks her vulva is deformed, ugly, etc. this book should help them understand that each vulva is unique and beautiful. The photography was excellent.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Kate Mckenzie on September 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
A number of reviewers here have objected to the classification of the images in 'Femalia' as art, on the grounds that they fail to measure up to their aesthetic ideals. But art, as any public gallery worth the name will attest, is far more than mere pretty pictures.
True Art challenges one's worldview. And 'Femalia' certainly does that. It is a brave and lonely voice challenging the contemporary view of the female body, so overwhelmingly submerged in fantasy and falsification.
This is an important work. I highly recommend it to any man genuinely interested in the female form, and to any woman estranged from her own.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
This a book mothers should give their adolescent daughters and their sisters and their friends.
It is a book women should give their lovers.
It is a book the reveals a spectrum of female beauty few have ever seen. These pictures are presented without sensationalism and without censure. They work as art. They work as anatomy lesson. They work as images for a holy altar to the Great Mother of us all.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1998
Format: Paperback
Although a small, thin book, this book is superb! It contains 32 color photographs of womens' vulvas; the photographs are extremely high quality, extremely beautiful, and extremely well printed. I like to show the book to as many people as I can; I think it's a brilliant book that all people should consider owning. It is the only book in this area I know of, and a companion Malia volume would be very welcome.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book was very therapeutic for me! Many women are unaware of the internal features of the labia. I recommend it for women who need to become familiar with their bodies. It's great resource for women who suffer from a sexual dysfunction. For example, Vaginismus, women are scared to look at themself or feel shameful and this book will help them heal from this thought process
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is nothing but vulvas. Pure and simple.
I bought this book because my girlfriend was always asking what other women look like. Her query made me curious too and she had heard about this book. We both enjoyed it and appreciated the clear photos, variety of shapes and colors and gave us a new appreciation of our own bodies.
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