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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401936318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401936310
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“If you’ve lost your desire, Resh will help you find your way back to sexy! Empathetic and informative, Women, Sex, Power & Pleasure smashes through common barriers to
sexual satisfaction with gusto and passion!”
Ian Kerner, New York Times best-selling author of She Comes First
 
“If Erma Bombeck had been a wise sex counselor, this is the book she would have written. A happy combination of clinical insights and trenchant humor makes Evelyn Resh’s book delightful and essential reading for anyone, anywhere, who has ever wondered about women, sex, power, or pleasure—from teenage to menopause and beyond.”
Gina Ogden, Ph.D., LMFT, author of The Return of Desire, The Heart & Soul of Sex, and Women Who Love Sex
 
“Evelyn Resh teaches us how to create emotional wellness by giving us permission to keep pleasure and sex in the forefront of our minds. We need more books that advocate putting pleasure first. Brava!”
Barbara Carrellas, author of Ecstasy is Necessary and Urban Tantra
 
“As a sex therapist, writer of books for women about sex, and a teacher of sex therapy, I highly recommend Women, Sex, Power & Pleasure. If you’re not happy with your sex life and frustrated with your own libido, this book may be just the jump-start you need for a new direction. Building on what you already know about sex, this book asks you to dive deeper into what you might not have known about you. Evelyn Resh’s book is like a conversation with a good friend—honest, intimate and to the point. For women who want pleasure, want to take charge of their sexual lives, and want to take hold of their own capacity for change, Women, Sex, Power & Pleasure is a wonderful book.”
Sallie Foley, co-author of Sex Matters for Women
 
Women, Sex, Power & Pleasure is a book about all this and more. It brings up-to-date information about sex and pleasure in a culture that still doesn’t talk enough about these needs. Women deserve accurate and contemporary information to guide them to a healthy sexuality, and this book does just that.”
Joe Kort, Ph.D., director of the Center for Relationship and Sexual Health
 
“A very thoughtful look at a complex and often difficult subject.”
Paul Joannides, Psy.D., author of Guide To Getting It On

About the Author

Evelyn Resh, MPH, CNM, is a certified sexuality counselor with The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. She is also a certified nurse-midwife and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Resh holds a Master of Public Health degree and undergraduate degrees in nursing, psychology, and medical anthropology. She draws from her experience as a midwife and sexuality counselor in her integrative approach to women’s health. Resh lectures frequently across the country to professional and lay audiences on the topics of women’s health and sexual satisfaction. She is especially known for her warm, lively, and good-humored approach to her subject matter and her ability to make others feel comfortable with hard-to-discuss topics.
Website: www.evelynresh.com

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Very well written with a lot of empathy and good advice.
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It is authors like Evelyn Resh with books like Women, Sex, Power, and Pleasure which may just be the catalyst for such discussions to occur.
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I thought this book would be empowering but really it's just not my thing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lavers on March 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
I don't normally read a lot of self-help books. Well, unless you count celebrity memoirs and cookbooks as "self-help." No? Okay, then I don't read a lot of self-help. So I guess I was expecting something different, like fluffy affirmations to "be your authentic self" or "find your inner sparkly vampire goddess" or something. That last one might have been from Fifty Shades of Grey (which is NOT a self-help book, FYI). But I was surprised by how straight forward, intelligent, relatable and, well, helpful this book was. With chapters like "I'm Too Fat to Have Sex" and "Becoming Your Own Activist" I felt author Evelyn Resh was almost speaking to me personally. How did she know I felt that way? How did she know this was just what I needed to hear? I guess it's partly because she's a smart, feminist professional who knows what she's talking about, and partly because a LOT of women feel just this way. I almost hate to admit it, but I almost cried when I read some parts of this book, they were so familiar.

It's not an easy thing to talk honestly about our sexuality, particularly for women--like me--who are not twenty-five, childless and supremely confident in our sexual expression anymore. There are a lot of reasons why things change as we get older and our lives get more complicated, but that doesn't make it easier to discuss. So I definitely see the value of books that help broach those subjects. I'm just so glad to have found a book that actually discusses women's sexuality in an intelligent and helpful manner, rather than one that condescends, coddles or infantilizes the reader by talking about "the girls," "your flower" or, ugh, "your cookie."

Evelyn Resh's book is no-nonsense and sincere.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Painchaud-Steinman VINE VOICE on May 26, 2013
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The quote which is the title of this review is from page 56 of Women, Sex, Power and Pleasure. In context, the author uses the quote primarily to speak about women's body images if they are struggling with overweight or weight issues of any kind.

However, as I read from beginning to end of the book, I found the quote tied directly to the thesis of the book, (which the author states on page 147, is: "...pleasure begets pleasure...which includes feeling self-assured and resilient even where sexuality is concerned."

Put simply, the author asks women to examine their self-image, to ponder whether or not they feel they DESERVE pleasure (in life and sex), and to ask themselves what they are willing to do, learn, or un-learn in order to experience that pleasure and power.

At the end of each chapter, the author includes a short list of questions which will hopefully help the reader to discover her true feelings about self-image, being deserving of pleasure, etc.

Evelyn Resh offers up many personal anecdotes throughout the book, as well as numerous (brief) case studies of clients she has worked with.

On page 59, Resh tells the reader that for people to be able to manage their problems, they "need to be reacquainted with the facts of their situation and confronted head on with their negative and false thinking."

I think that a thoughtful reader, with the help of this book, will be able to do a self-confrontation, and at least begin to dispel any false thinking that is keeping her from the pleasure (sex included) she is seeking in life.

I ended up rating the book four stars instead of five for two reasons:

First, there are no concrete "prescriptions" in the book that women can use to "fix" their ailing sex-lives.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Renee Peterson Trudeau on March 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
Evelyn lovingly and compassionately guides the reader to the truth that not only is pleasure our birthright, it's essential to our emotional well-being (on every level)! Many of us are learning to practice self-care and understand how important nurturing ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually is to a life of joy and connection but the missing ingredient for many of us (as Evelyn points out) is PLEASURE! This funny, accessible, enjoyable book is next to my bed right now and even though I've finished reading it, I want the daily reminder that pleasure begets pleasure and that my sexual well-being is not a "side dish"-it's crucial to feeling whole, alive and vibrant on every level. Thank you so much for this gem of a book-I'm buying a copy for all the women in my life!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on February 27, 2013
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This is my review of Women, Sex, Power, and Pleasure by Evelyn Resh. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.

Women, Sex, Power, and Pleasure by Evelyn Resh is a refreshing read along the same lines as Barbara Carrellas' Ecstasy Is Necessary. The author Evelyn Resh explores women's sexuality as a whole and possible causes for common issues such as lack of desire or dissatisfaction.

The key that the author has found in lack of desire in women otherwise able to enjoy a satisfying sex life ties into a lack of pleasure. Often a lack of pleasure in their lives overall, or at least not enough of it. What I found to be most helpful, in addition to examples of how to recapture pleasure in our own lives, was the real life accounts of clients that she has counseled in her practice.

Unlike many similar books I have read in the past on this very subject, Women, Sex, Power, and Pleasure does not suffer from a heteronormative perspective of women's sexuality. In fact, Evelyn Resh is a bisexual in a long-term same-sex relationship. She is also a regular who enjoys her full-figured body and a satisfying sex life, all the while experiencing the same pitfalls to pleasure that we all do.

The only very small annoyance I had was the author's mention of being a "midwife and sexuality counselor" numerous times. However, once I accepted its presence and considered the chapters could be conceivably read stand-alone, I noticed it much less. It does not detract from the quality or the message of the book.

A frank and open conversation about women and their sexuality needs to be had in American society. It is authors like Evelyn Resh with books like Women, Sex, Power, and Pleasure which may just be the catalyst for such discussions to occur.
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