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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book. And a mirror., October 17, 2001
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This review is from: The Clitoral Truth: The Secret World at Your Fingertips (Hardcover)
Yes, this is indeed a feminist book (although since a "feminist", by definition, is simply someone who believes that women are equal human beings too, I'm not quite sure why some people have a problem with that).
But to be honest, it's pretty hard to discover how ignorant most women are about this fairly crucial part of our bodies and NOT come to the conclusion that something's wrong with the way our society deals with women's sexuality. I thought I was well-informed, but I learnt important stuff about my body from this book that I'd never known before.
If substantial numbers of men grew up not knowing they had a penis ... or not knowing where it was ... or how it worked ... or thinking that it was "dirty" to touch it ... or feeling ashamed of needing their lover to touch it in order for them to come ... I think you'd agree that something was wrong. Well, despite all the progress we've made, that's where far too many women are still at right now. Most sex ed classes still use diagrams that don't feature the clitoris at all, or at best show a tiny squiggle floating somewhere in space, and certainly don't give any information on what it actually *does*.
And you don't have to be "man-hating" or believe in some vast conspiracy to feel that this situation doesn't do women any favours - or men either. Personally, I've never heard a straight man say "God, I just wish I could meet a women who is totally ignorant about her body and never has an orgasm! Then I'd have to nag her into sex and she'd just lie there feeling depressed! That'd be so HOT!".
Buy this fun and fascinating book (I particularly love the cartoon illustrations - meticulously detailed and informative, but the opposite of the sterile diagrams so many books feature). And learn all the stuff you should have been taught in sex ed.
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Initial post: Jan 14, 2010 9:46:12 PM PST
Freckledgrrl says:
Excellent review, and WELL-SAID! Very good "food for thought".

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 7:43:57 PM PDT
You make a very fair assessment on the matter. I'm sure most heterosexual men would prefer to know more about women's physiology, seeing as sex is most satisfying when both individuals are willing and have full knowledge of their facilities.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2011 7:07:22 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 18, 2011 10:05:53 AM PST
In the culture, I disagree that a feminist is one who sees women as equal, but denigrates men to move the female into a superior position. God created men and women as equal but complimentary beings, both a reflection of Him. The book takes a somewhat hostile attitude towards men. Now, culturally, women have been subjugated, less so in Western culture (legal, economically, Christianity attempt to promote the equality of women [not sameness]), sexually less so in Eastern culture. That being said the book was an interesting learning experience on the vastness of the female's sexual response.
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