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“I love this book as an adult book-group choice because it addresses so many issues familiar to women in our community's book groups: sex, marriage, motherhood, aging, weight, body image, identity, shame, fear, courage, risk.” ―PublishersWeekly.com / Shelftalker

“The edgy quirkiness of the story, combined with the author's honesty and character-saving ability to laugh at herself, make the book an engaging read...bold and surprisingly moving.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Shameless is enthralling, hilarious and incredibly courageous. A most heady--and sexy combination. Pamela Madsen is the living, breathing embodiment of the power of pleasure to transform one's life.” ―Christiane Northrup, M.D., author or Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

“If you've ever dreamt of becoming a real live sex Goddess Pamela Madsen will show you the way; with grace, integrity and joyful abandon! "Find true pleasure" with this liberating book chock full of adventures from the heart. This is the first of a whole new genre in sex education books.” ―Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., Ecosexual Sexecologist and Artist and author of Dr. Sprinkle's Spectacular Sex

Shameless sex goddess Pamela Madsen treats us to an astonishing memoir of one woman's journey into her precious inner wildness. This brave suburban wife and mother unveils the secrets of an unbelievably expanded sexuality in which desire becomes a virtue, and sexual greed opens the gates to spiritual ecstasy and orgasmic revelations.” ―Dossie Easton, co-author of The Ethical Slut and Radical Ecstasy

“Pamela Madsen's new book about healthy sexuality, Shameless, reminds you to tell the truth about yourself, embrace the most challenging topics, surround yourself with supportive friends and family, and celebrate your inner diva.” ―Wayne C. Shields, President and CEO, Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP)

About the Author

PAMELA MADSEN is the founder of the American Fertility Association and one of the nation's most outspoken fertility and sexuality educators and advocates. She lives in Riverdale, New York
Writing the book with Pamela is ANNE ADAMS, a writer and editor living in Brooklyn, New York.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; First Edition edition (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605291757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605291758
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Can we agree that it's not really possible to review the content of a book about someone else's therapy? I give this a 4 for being a fun read and for opening up some of the things we don't talk about, like the stark contrast between a contented, long-term marriage and a sexually-focused endeavor. "Endeavor" sounds a bit Edwardian but it's hard to know what else to call Madsen's forays into sexual satisfaction. Happily (I guess) married to someone who comes off as a cardboard cutout propped on the couch in prime baseball-watching position, she decided that her marriage lacked spark, but that her married friends' numerous affairs looked tacky and time-consuming. I was drawn to the book because, when my late husband was still alive but unwell, I faced a similar question: love or sex? For Ms Masden, the answer is in paid erotic massage which eventually morphs into involvement in BDSM (whether paid or unpaid isn't quite clear). I appreciated her frankness and laughed aloud a number of times, especially when her teenaged boys gently tried to suggest that Mummy keep the sex vids out of sight in the living room! While brevity is the soul of wit, there were areas in which I would have liked clarification. For example, her massage therapy went on for a year or so before she involved her husband; I wondered why. Similarly, throwaway references to spending thousands on massage and BDSM costumes while her husband remains oblivious, and to losing a 6-figure job by publicizing her adventures, seem like things that would resonate pretty deeply in one's marriage, but they are literally one-liners.Read more ›
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So I heard about this book months before it came out and had it on preorder with amazon. When the book finally arrived, I could not put it down. I took the book to the gym, kept it in the car, read as much as I could at each red light, took it in the dentist waiting room, and just about everywhere until I finished it. Normally I speed read but could not help but slow down and savor every experience Pam had as it unfolded. While I still don't understand the BDSM world, I related to the healing that took place in Pam with the use of sacred intimates. What a fascinating book and kudos to her husband for accepting that this was what Pam needed and not be jealous but rather encourage the changes that were taking place. Very interesting read, and just could not put it down until I finished!
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I really thought I would like this book. I wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, I found it very underwhelming and a bit dull.

What I thought would be a big riotous adventure with depth of soul (something along the lines of Tales of a female nomad Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World minus the travel aspect) turned out to be the somewhat dull and superficial details of one woman's mid-life crisis. Essentially, an early to mid forties woman is bored and restless so goes on a self proclaimed sexual experimentation adventure. Anyone who's had rich life experiences and adventures of their own will be bored with the telling of this story.

I'm all for empowerment, finding yourself, pushing limits and big adventure; and I have no ethical issues with sexual experimentation. But if you're going to write about it, please make it more interesting, add some depth and lose the detailed minutia.

overall the book felt a bit self-indulgent to me "See, look what I did...I'm cool!". I didn't feel any depth, any inner conflict or turmoil that tends to make up a good "finding yourself" type story. It truly read to me as if it were a high-school girl overly describing an experience to her girlfriends.... "And then I said this...and he did this...(giggle, giggle)...so then we did this other thing..." It felt very juvenile.

Perhaps it's my problem for expecting something humorous and entertaining with a bit more depth of emotion and intellectual stimulation. After all, if you're targeting women in their 30's, 40's, and 50's it's usually a given that you need depth and tension when writing for this audience.
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Ok Goddesses - here are a few questions for you: how do you feel about your body? How do you feel about exploring your sensual pleasure and desires? Do you easily buy for your family members, but when it comes to your own pleasure do you find yourself strolling down the lane of I Don't Deserve It?

If you're answering yes to one or more of those questions, you'll love reading Pamela Madsen's Shameless: How I Ditched the Diet, Got Naked, Found True Pleasure...and Somehow Got Home in Time To Cook Dinner. Yes! That's the title! This trail blazing minivan driving suburban Mom should also throw in how she deepened the love and intimacy of her marriage to boot!

I cannot remember the last time I read something so vulnerable, so fearless, and so eye-opening. There are SO MANY deeply meaningful moments in this book - I couldn't begin to include them here. As Pamela says "I was either the bravest woman on the face of the earth or completely mad!"

To me - she's definitely the BRAVEST woman. When I finished Shameless, I wanted to hop in my minivan and drive to Riverdale and give Pam a big ol' hug for her willingness to be so open about her crusade to find self love.

By embracing her sexual, sensual side, Pamela was able to heal in ways no therapy could have achieved. She learned the difference between taking care of herself and self-indulgence. Throughout the book we get to witness Pamela falling in love with her whole self - and we want what she's having!

Pamela learns to believe in her right to have pleasure - all kinds of pleasure. She let go of long standing, tightly held control along with negative beliefs about her body and her Self... and guess what? The world didn't fall apart.
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