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Reclaiming Goddess Sexuality: The Power of the Feminine Way, Revised Edition Paperback – May 1, 2004
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. . . an inspiring look at what our sexuality can be once we reclaim our own inner authority and wisdom. -- Dr Christiane Northrup, author of The Wisdom of Menopause
Dr. Savage sheds light on the mysteries surrounding sex without demystifying it, and does so with a crisp feminine voice. -- Kali Guide, 2002
Using a mix of ancient wisdom, modern biology and clinical techniques, sex-therapist Linda Savage offers a self-help guide. --Psychology Today, Oct. 1999
About the Author
Linda E. Savage, Ph.D, is an author, professional speaker, licensed psychologist and sex therapist who has been exploring the mysteries of sexual healing for over 25 years. She is an AASECT Certified Sex Educator, a Diplomate of The American Board of Sexology and a member of The Institute of Marital and Sexual Therapy. Dr. Savage specializes in working with couples on a variety of sexual issues. She teaches at National University and lives in California with her family.
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The case studies were generally sad in that the biggest problems the women were having was that they had created sad lives that were firmly entrenched in the dominant cultures view of life to be meet a nice man, have some kids and live a nice middle class life. If these women had actually taken the effort to break out of such a constructing mold, they would likely not have had to worry about their sexual desires tanking as a result of cutting off their life force.
If you've done any work with your own sexuality or work with Earth-based spirituality this book will likely be much to simple and boring for you.
In Part One ("The Wisdom of the Goddess") Savage critiques the prevailing western worldview of female sexuality and outlines an alternative way, the way of the goddess. Drawing upon ancient Sacred Marriage traditions from around the world, a deep appreciation-actually, a veneration-of feminine sexual and spiritual being ("goddess sexuality") is described for the reader in lively, lucid prose. Savage emphasizes the life-affirming superiority of goddess sexuality through a fictional "Tale of Two Daughters": parallel accounts of Inanna and Eileen as they come of age sexually. Innana is a representative of a woman-positive culture wherein sexual desire is a gift, whereas Eileen is raised in a conventional modern mind-set which has taught her that sex is to be hidden for its sinfulness. Savage's tale introduces the notion of three life stages through which women grow: Maiden, Mother, and Crone.
Part Two ("The Three stages of a Woman's Life") explores in more detail the characteristics of each of these three life stages. During the Maiden stage women are discovering their individual creative potentials in many areas of life; most important for Savage's focus is the emergence of "a conscious relationship with intuitive body wisdom, which will continue for the remainder of life" (p.58). It is a time of exploring sexual pleasure without the responsibilities of motherhood. Here, as throughout the book, Savage is careful to recognize that no single pattern of pleasure-preferences is to be considered requisite or even normative for all women. With the first pregnancy comes the Mother stage of accepting responsibility, as women are physiologically and psychologically transformed to elevate the well-being of their children above all other concerns. Savages gifts the reader with insights into the potent-albeit less conspicuous-sexual nature of the Mother stage. Her insights are particularly helpful for husbands, since the season of child-bearing and -raising leaves many men confused and frustrated about their wives' sexual desires. Passing beyond those years women arrive at the Crone stage, a time of sharing wisdom. Here Savage illuminates a widely misunderstood and unappreciated area of female sexuality. She characterizes the Crone stage as one of sexual empowerment, by which she means "an inner confidence about your feminine sexuality that belies the physical image seen in the mirror . . .a state of awareness of the internal strengths of emotional compassion, focused will, and clarity of intention" (p.154).
In Part Three ("The Power of the Feminine Way") Savage applies the concepts outlined in the first two parts in very practical ways to the actual circumstances women face. The organizing principle of her advice is body wisdom: learning deeply from one's own physico-psychic signals and sharing that knowledge with one's partner for enduring and thrilling intimacy. The reader will find in these pages directly applicable exercises and rituals to expand the erotic senses.
Savage has written a genuinely helpful, reader-friendly book. Unafraid to share the story of her own life's odyssey, she exudes the compassion and commitment of the very life-stages about which she writes so well.