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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671648454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671648459
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Friday's absorbing update of her 1973 classic My Secret Garden demonstrates the intervening empowerment of women by exploring the changes in their sexual fantasies.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Oh, that bathtub faucet. Only the Water Pik shower massage gets more kudos from Friday's respondents in this sequel to My Secret Garden (1973)--though dogs come in for considerable praise. Friday reports that, while this project was underway, a friend asked her whether she was writing ``another of your masturbatory books, Nancy.'' Friday was affronted, believing that her books open up discourse on taboo subjects, break new ground in exposing the inner lives of half of the human race, help people feel they're normal, promote understanding between the sexes, etc. And perhaps they do--but it cannot be denied that fully 75% of this book consists of women's first-person X-rated fantasies. Friday's role as commentator on the fantasies may prompt irreverent associations with the impassive, analytical doctors once used to introduce porn films and lend them an air of legitimacy. Her conclusions are: that the generation of women now in their 20s are less abashed about their sexuality than the women in My Secret Garden; that they are comfortable with masturbation; relish their power rather than seek to be overpowered by a man; and sometimes are so angry and fed up with men that they turn to other women. Some of Friday's sweeping generalizations may cause controversy, such as her analysis that feminists hate porn not because it victimizes women but because they can't accept that other women actually enjoy flaunting their power so flagrantly. One thing is for sure: Women have made no progress, judging from these accounts, in finding an erotic language of their own but are relying on the same old blunt, aggressive, consonant- constricted terms of men's porn. Women speaking of ``getting their rocks off'' just doesn't cut it--but maybe that's a subject for a future Friday project. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

NANCY FRIDAY is the author of eight books: MY SECRET GARDEN, FORBIDDEN FLOWERS, JEALOUSY, MEN IN LOVE, MY MOTHER/MY SELF, WOMEN ON TOP, THE POWER OF BEAUTY and OUR LOOKS, OUR LIVES. She lives in Key West, Florida, and in Connecticut.

Customer Reviews

For women, to say, "Express yourself!!"
Carmen Matthews
If we can get beyond the fact that all of us guys get super turned-on by this and love to read these fantasies, then we can objectively take a look at this book.
God's Child
WOMEN ON TOP is one of those books that I bought and read and re-read as research on women.
Harvey Griffin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first found this book in my Dad's bedroom when I was 15-years old. I am now 21 and I still think it's incredible. The only thing that has changed is my appreciation for it. I now know how rare it is to find such fearless and honest erotica that really turns me on. Some of the fantasies, notwithstanding, aren't for me.
This book is also therapeutic: A friend of mine was recently thinking of seeing a sex therapist. She did, but I also helped by giving her my copy. She hasn't given it back, so this will be my third, counting my Dad's which I read until I moved out.
"Women on Top" is a great reminder or proclaimer of the fact that sex is a natural part of our existence and our everyday lives, and should not be taken for granted.
I think everyone over age 15 (depending on individual maturation) should own this book and be given a sexual education that includes teaching the biology, anatomy, intellect and emotions of sex.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Nichols-Haining on June 25, 2001
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I've owned this book for years, and it hasn't left my beside in all that time. When I bought it, I was in my twenties, and it made me realize that fantasy lives were not restricted to men. And that my fantasies were normal--even (gasp) healthy! Did I learn that from Friday? Nope. I ignored her introductions, as I'm sure most of us did. I figure it out from the numerous women who wrote her and shared their intimate moments. Although our fantasies may differ, they reaffirm that we have every right to relish our own sexuality.
On a side note: the Editorial review really ticked me off. Why is it just fine for men to fantasize using "dirty" words but if we use them, we're no longer feminine? Who declares we must be "dainty" in order to be evolved? Just know when you buy this book that it's not the flowery language you'll find in your drug store romance novel. It's real (sometimes a little out there, but real nonetheless).
I'm not embarrassed to admit that Nancy Friday's books come very close to being a woman's equivalent to Penthouse. We love the words--the men love the pictures. (okay, so I'm not embarrassed unless my mother-in-law reads this) It's all healthy. Go Nancy!
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81 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan J. Casey on August 19, 2000
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Buyer beware: there is a LOT of sex with animals in this book, and you're never warned ahead of time: the dogs just come out of nowhere and the average reader gets caught. I felt very guilty when I loaned this book to someone without warning her first and she was not pleased. I mean, don't get me wrong, fantasize about whatever you want...but this is not something I enjoyed reading about. While I admire and respect the concept of this book, it is also marred by Nancy Friday's hamhanded psychoanalysis. I frequently disagree with her theories and find that the best way to read this is to skip all that and jump right into the women's fantasies, some of which are really amazing. While the writers don't stand as representative of women in general (is such a thing possible?), I think the overall scope of the book is such that anyone- whatever sexuality, gender-identity, race, religion, or class- will find something of interest here, be it for education or arousal...and that's what a good book in this field should be, as far as I'm concerned. Negatives aside, I'd like to see a lot more of this out there. If Nerve.com and other such sites would focus less on commerce and big name authors we might start to see a change in the way Americans view sex...but I digress. Take a look at this one, but don't get your hopes too high.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1999
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Wow! I just stumbled upon this book by accident and was totally amazed by it. I really liked hearing all the stories about first sexual experiences and first becoming aware of one's sexuality at early ages, and how this self- concept of sexuality develops. I found the interpretations by the author to be eye-opening especially the ones dealing with how mothers and society in general have totally different expectations and feelings regarding the sexuality of daughters vs. sons. I do feel there is a double standard and girls are suppossed to be "good" and not want sexual things done to them. Where boys do not have this pressure or expectation put upon them in the same way. This book gave me more freedom in expressing my sexuality with my husband and there are things I've always wanted to try, but felt like I "shouldn't". I feel so much more in touch with my sensuality and this book has made my already good sex life, really really great. I also like the distinction the author makes between fantasy and reality and how she points out that there are some things we love to fantasize about doing, but would not want to do in reality - and that's normal.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1999
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There are so many things that I have always fantasied about, but was brought up in a sexually suppressed environment and was taught that they were wrong. Nancy has become like a friend holding my hand telling me that I am normal and that it's okay! I feel like a sexual weight has been lifted off of my shoulders and I can now live my life guilt free! I will be grateful forever for what I have realized in the short time that it took me to finish your book. My husband has even noticed a positive change in our sex life, now that I'm not as insecure! Thanks again, Nancy!
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