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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (June 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741756669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741756661
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,366,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Engaging, insightful, and readable . . . sexual anthropologist Ellwood-Clayton draws on philosophical, psychological, physiological, and cultural sources, as well as interviews with an array of women, in order to investigate the nuances of female desire.” —Publishers Weekly



“An intriguing and insightful journey across the female libido, challenging the accepted truths and answering those who seek to define and limit what is 'normal' . . . Bella Ellwood-Clayton explores the way that the media manipulates our desires, what becoming a mother really means for our sex life, the impact of anti-depressants on our libido, how our desires change as we age, as well as the problematic search for the 'pink Viagra'.” Monica Dux, author of The Great Feminist Denial



“A scholarly and thoughtful book on the subject of women and sex. Dr. Ellwood-Clayton examines woman’s desire from social, medical and historical perspective across many eras and cultures . . .Your partner may want to read this book too.” Wendy Harmer, author of Love and Punishment



“Snappily written, well-researched book . . . Sex Drive takes a constructive approach to the so-called crisis in female sexuality. The author tells us to forget notions of “dysfunction” and embrace our own sensuality.” —Courier Mail



“This is a useful, timely book . . . Verdict: smart, sassy and helpful.” —The Age



“[Sex Drive] unpicks the way women get sucked into the vortex of career, family, housework, and trying to appear desirable, which leaves no time to actually desire . . . The central, crucial message is posed as a question: What if low libido is not a problem at all but rather falls within the ‘normal’ range of female desire?" —Sunday Star Times

About the Author

Dr. Bella Ellwood-Clayton is a sexual anthropologist who makes appearances on television and radio, has written for many major newspapers and magazines, and made a documentary with National Geographic.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G Callan on June 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
What a new and refreshing angle on female sexuality. My wife and I think this is one of the best books we have read on the topic. The author has managed to write in a light and entertaining style even though the book is academically rigorous and packed with research. Interesting topics - sexual prime, the latest in "sex drugs" research. Many interviews with women of all ages. The biggest thing for me was gaining a greater appreciation of how life's pressures can slowly erode a couple's sex life IF you're not prepared. To this end there are some great ideas about keeping the romantic fire burning. My wife loved the tips but I must say what has really made a difference for me is my increased awareness and sensitivity to issues I hadn't really considered before. I would have liked some interviews with guys but this didn't detract too much from what is a great resource and a fresh, inspiring contribution to the topic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gwenda ellwood on July 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Scholarly yet compassion and self-revealing this book is peppered with footnotes to research results, academic and popular commentary, as well as the real stories of over 90 women. yet it's not the average number of footnotes per page, 2.3, that is most daunting (how to absorb so much info?), no matter who you are, young old man or woman there is some part of this book that will hurt.

it should have been called "face the facts" : about your deepest most desires and fears. When the author unrelentingly lashes with facts and exposes the venal inter-relationships between mufti-national drug companies, academia and medical community, you will cheer her on. And when she seethes at the media, you'll be in accord. But when the sharp light of the anthropological mind looks away from society and inwardly at individual responses to these huge social stimuli, I saw myself revealed, a willing dupe. Well, you can't take your first step until you figure out where you are first.

It's a book you'll want on your Kindle or at least in easy reach for quite a while because, after all the work of reading and processing all the intellectual information and emotions it engendered, you'll want the prize: the ability to confound and amaze your family and friends with quotes from current research on everything related to female desire.

If you want to see examined and challenged the the way we think of ourselves as sensual female beings, delve into the most intimate areas of family life, Eros and the maternal, our individual and societal relationship with drugs and drug purveyors and you love it when facts belay assumptions, you love this book, but don't expect to read it in a day or a week.
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By Caren Howard on June 10, 2014
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Good information for women about social constructs and religious barriers that affect our psychological approach to sex. Free at last!
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Format: Paperback
Insightful read into the history of feminine sexuality.
Gave me new perspective on my own sexuality & how that affects my relationships; really boosted my confidence & will no doubt strengthen my future relationships.
Thanks Dr Bella!
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