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Promiscuities: The Secret Struggle for Womanhood Paperback – July 21, 1998
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"At last, a new generation of women writers is addressing the powerful issues of female sexuality. I gulped this wonderful book down in one sitting, like a novel. Brava Naomi Wolf for your courage, your intelligence, your lucid prose." - Erica Jong
"Refreshing ... highly evocative ... Wolf does two important things very well: reminding readers her own age what it felt like to be a teenage girl, and providing a crash course on the wildly varying cultural meanings attached to female sexuality throughout history." - The Ottawa Citizen
"Naomi Wolf [is] the best writer about women and sexuality that we have." - Toronto Sun
"Fascinating ... Wolf celebrates the ancient concept, heavily suppressed in the 20th century, that women are the more carnal sex." - Vancouver Courier
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ocative and highly personal book, bestselling author Naomi Wolf explores a subject that has long been taboo in our society: women's sexual coming-of-age. Promiscuities brazenly exposes the truths behind the conflicting messages directed at young women during and after the sexual revolution. Drawing on surprising examples from the ancient and recent past, along with vivid recollections of her own youth, Wolf shows how our "liberated" culture still fears and distorts female passion. She also shares fascinating true stories that illustrate the fantasies and sometimes crippling realities women pass through on their way toward erotic and emotional discovery. A landmark book, Promiscuities is a call to women of all ages to reclaim and celebrate their sexuality.
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Wolf and her friends had no restrictions set by adults and yet imposed a rigid set of rules on each other. They respected parents who were more traditional. She suggests that women became victims of sexual permissiveness. The double standard persisted, she thinks, in ways that made life more difficult for girls.
The story is told so well that it is worth reading for its own sake as entertainment. Wolf is a superb writer but not in the first rank as a social theorist. She is a master of the ability to set a scene with a single memorable phrase, such as describing a shabby building with walls of "stucco the color of dirty erasers." Her theories may be valid but the evidence that she adduces to support them is very subjective. Primarily she relies upon her own intuition and the reports of a small group of friends she grew up with. She does quote from the literature but does so uncritically. Some of the anthropologists' reports she cites about coming of age rituals and so forth are of dubious authenticity. There are almost no reports of statistics or surveys
Naomi Woolf famous for previous feminine texts. This examines how females have had to re frame themselves in the light of a patriachial and consumerist economy.