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Women Who Love Sex: An Inquiry into the Expanding Spirit of Women's Erotic Experience Revised Edition

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"A masterpiece of affirmation-refreshing, moving, and extraordinarily liberating. For sexuality professionals, for our students, patients, and clients, for anyone who loves women, and especially for any woman who loves sex (or wants to love sex), Women Who Love Sex is the freshest breath of air to come along in years." -- The Journal Of Sex Research

"An affirmative, useful guide for both women and men, enriched by smart clinical insights." -- Publishers Weekly

"An innovative approach. A truly significant contribution to the way in which we think about human sexuality." -- Wardell B. Pomeroy, Ph.D., co-author of the "Kinsey Reports"-Sexual Behavior in the Human Male and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female

"Fascinating, affirming, and down-to-earth. Gina Ogden skillfully weaves together women's stories with insight and wisdom to explore the magnitude of women's sexual experiences-their power, importance, and connection to spirituality. This book will get a lot of women talking about sex!" -- Charlotte Kasl, Ph.D., author of Women, Sex, and Addiction

"In my work with college women, I am witness to the wrestling match between young women's evolving self-definition and the relentlessly constricting messages imposed upon them by society. Women are warned about sexual negativity, but by refusing to acknowledge that women also possess the capacity for deep sexual joy, we have allowed only half the truth to be told. Women Who Love Sex tells the long-denied other half of that truth. Reading it was extraordinarily freeing, both for me and my students." -- Mary Krueger, Ph.D., Founding Director of the Bowling Green State University Women's Center

"This book is a remarkable contribution to the literature on female sexuality. Ogden sets out to destroy stereotypes of female sexuality, whether they are found in pop culture, the world of professional sexology, or in current, politically correct 'feminist' ideology. She succeeds by situating women's sexual phenomenology within an appropriate, theoretical context and by substantiating her propositions with empirical support." -- Canadian Journal Of Human Sexuality

"This is a warm, innovative book, full of sexual poetry from women's own stories about their lives. Ogden has an important message. Sex, especially woman-affirming sex, is about a whole lot more than intercourse and orgasm. It is about trust, sharing, spirituality, love, whole-body sensuality, and letting go of restrictive sex roles and oppressive sexual scripts." -- Naomi B. Mccormick, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Plattsburg, and author of Sexual Salvation

From the Back Cover

"In a world in which abuse and exploitation mar too many women's experiences of sexuality, this readable and woman-affirming book breaks new ground with its broad understanding of the nature and power of women's sexual pleasure."-BOSTON WOMEN'S HEALTH BOOK COLLECTIVE, authors of Our Bodies Ourselves

"Women Who Love Sex explores a whole new landscape: the sexuality and sensuality of healthy women on their own terms-not simply in relationship to the male 'norm.' You will find inspiration and affirmation in this book."-CHRISTIANE NORTHRUP, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"An unconventional exploration of female sexuality, from its earthiest to its most ethereal. Gina Ogden manages to enliven even the tired rhetoric of recovery, and she offers a feminist perspective on sexual pleasure for women that challenges the prevailing feminist preoccupation with sexual abuse." -WENDY KAMINER, author of I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional and True Love Waits

"In Women Who Love Sex we are invited to hear women's voices proudly, joyfully, honestly telling us what they want, what they love and what they know. In listening to these women, we gain clarity about our own desire. Gina Ogden helps open the way for a new understanding of women's sexual experience: not a 'relentless dash for orgasm' but a richly varied set of experiences building on empathy, vulnerability, engagement, ecstasy, humor, and increasing intimate connection. The nature of women's sexual desire, obscured for so long in writings on sexual development, comes alive in this courageous book." -JUDITH V. JORDAN, Ph.D., co-author of Women's Growth in Connection

"An expansive, warmhearted book that redefines and reframes women's sexual pleasure. Gina Ogden stays with these women-never judging, pathologizing, or abandoning them." -DALMA HEYN, author of The Erotic Silence of the American Wife and Marriage Shock


Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Womanspirit Press; Revised edition (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967270502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967270500
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,603,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Gina Ogden PhD, LMFT is a master therapist, supervisor, researcher, teacher, and author with four decades of helping clients and training health professionals. Her ISIS Wheel of Sexual Experience is an innovative template that opens access to the full range of sexual issues: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Her retreats and trainings in the US and Mexico combine nuanced thinking and relational magic.

She is an AASECT-certified sex-therapy diplomate and supervisor, and founder of the ISIS Network, an international collaboration of practitioners whose mission is to expand the practice of sex therapy. Her latest books are: Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy, The Return of Desire, The Heart & Soul of Sex, and Women Who Love Sex. She is recipient of the 2013 AASECT award for Professional Excellence. www.ginaogden.com.

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By A Customer on May 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
Gina Ogden is opening this dialogue for women in a new way. It has long been OK for men to love sex. Locker room talk does not stay in the locker room. Men like sex and like to brag about liking it. A woman who admits to liking sex is likely to be labeled a loose woman or a hoar.
As a survivor of incent I was put off by the title thinking this was one more book about an area of my life that was uncomfortable, unsafe, unfulfilling. At a friends recommendation I read it, and I felt it was written for me.
These are women ranging in age from maiden to crone who love sex as an expanded term that takes in comfort and ease in talking about it, and the many hungers women feel for touch and emotional connectedness that are not included in the male performance model the word sex usually conjures.
The book is also told in womens way - as story. These are real women and the stories and experiences shared are wide ranging. It is a book that adds many new questions to the emerging dialog about a sexuality of women defined by women.
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This book was very, very liberating and affirming for me. I have read many books on sexuality in an attempt to better understand my own experience. I found that most, no matter how broad-minded and inclusive they purport to be, tend to pathologize behavior that the authors don't define as sexually "correct" in some way. Also, if they include spirituality at all, it is corralled into a limited definition, such as "tantric" sex. Such books encouraged me to define my own sexuality as largely dysfunctional. By reading this book, which describes the experiences of women who define themselves as loving sex , I was able to recognize kernels of my own experiences in their's. For instance, I may not be able to "think myself off," as some of the women Dr. Ogden interviewed are able to do (have a no-hands orgasm) , but , by reading about them, I was able to better appreciate that I can "think myself on!" Dr. Ogden appreciates a wide variety of experiences as completely valid ways of loving sex. (For instance, there are women who take an hour to have an orgasm, who define themselves as being "highly orgasmic." A more conventional "expert" might deem that time frame as being sexually dysfunctional, and try to fix something that Dr. Ogden assures us ain't broke!) I'm sure that many men would recognize their experiences in this book as well as women. In fact, I've read many passages aloud to my husband. Thanks, Dr. Ogden, and all blessings to you.
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I gave it four stars not so much for the writing or content but for it subject matter. The author presents some excellent points on how the world deals with sex and the sexes. Her knowledge on the subject matter is very clear and aware. Most of the ideas she states as for the healing of the many wounds and mis-beliefs that exist in our world are excellent. If we all followed what she says we wouldn't have a perfect world but it would be a happier and less hostile one. There would be a lot less divorces and the life expectancy of the human race would dramatically increase. I found some of the writing to be somewhat simple. She states some of the facts repetitively in an effort I think to drive the points home for the reader. There are dialogs that seem to be a little unbelievable to come from the enlightened and intelligent people she worked with in her research(like those with Suzanne, I do believe the Chakra orgasms). Although it's position is not a staunch feminist perspective, I still found myself being defensive, in my mind, of being male. While there are many men out there who are the sexist, uncaring, tradition bound fools she talks about in parts of her book, there are many men out there who are quite the opposite(not too unlike Roberto). Overall I very much enjoyed the book. And like the title of this review says, I was pleased to have read it. It would make a very good addition for required reading in high schools. But somehow I don't think that will happen.
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Gina's book has been a great tool for me in coming from a place of much woundedness around my sexuality. It has helped me to move beyond the pain and shame that has been a part of my entire half century of life. Women Who Love Sex has given me hope . . hope that it is okay, it is healthy to embrace my sexuality in a positive way. Reading Women Who Love Sex has helped me to see that I am not alone in my journey to recapture the beauty and pleasure that is my birthright. This book has given me more faith. It is high time for women to bring our sexuality out of the "closet." Thank you, Gina, for your courage and insight to contribute so richly to a population starving for connection with our sexual wholeness!
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I bought this book to "prove" to my wife that there are Women Who Love Sex. I was also hoping to get some ideas for improving our sex life. I was pleasantly surprised at what I found.
I am a male, 52, who's been married for 29 yrs. I started out liking this book and ended up loving it. The information and ideas presented deepened my understanding of, and respect for, all women. At my age I thought that I had learned quite a bit about female sexuality. However, Dr. Ogden took me on a tour into the depths of women's sexuality and showed me things beyond what I could have imagined. You come away from the book realizing that women are more "advanced" sexually and emotionally than the vast majority of men. A careful reading of the book will also show men that women are equal to men intellectually and "deeper" than us spiritually. Yes, guys, these things must be said. It's time that we gave women their due.
I highly recommend this book for women and men everywhere. I honestly believe that no man can consider himself to be sexually mature in his interactions with women until he understands and puts to use the revelations in Dr. Ogden's book.
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