- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Ecco; Revised, Updated edition (December 10, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061989177
- ISBN-13: 978-0061989179
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 191 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An astonishing work of cutting–edge science and cultural history from one of our most respected cultural critics and thinkers, Naomi Wolf, author of the modern classic The Beauty Myth
When an unexpected medical crisis sends Naomi Wolf on a journey to tease out the intersections between sexuality and creativity, she discovers—much to her own astonishment—an increasing body of scientific evidence that documents new insights about female sexual response. These breakthrough discoveries show that the vagina, clitoris, and labia—the female sexual centers—are not "merely flesh," but directly affect the female brain, and that the female brain directly affects, in newly documented ways, the vagina and female sexual centers. The vagina thus has a fundamental relationship to female consciousness itself. Utterly enthralling and totally fascinating, Vagina draws on this set of insights about "the mind-vagina connection" to reveal new information about what women really need, on many different levels, and considers what sexual relationships—and a woman's relationship to her self, as well as to her own desire and pleasure—transformed by these insights, may look like.
A brilliant and nuanced synthesis of physiology, history, and cultural criticism, Vagina explores the physical, political, and spiritual implications for women—and for society as a whole—in this startling series of new scientific breakthroughs from a writer whose conviction and keen intelligence have propelled her works to the tops of bestseller lists, and firmly into the realm of modern classics.
About the Author
Naomi Wolf is the author of seven books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Beauty Myth, Promiscuities, Misconceptions, The End of America, and Give Me Liberty. She writes for the New Republic, Time, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, La Repubblica, and the Sunday Times (London), among many other publications. She lives with her family in New York City.
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The holiday gift giving season just got easier for me - anyone who doesn't own this book, and does know women, will be getting a copy of this for their next birthday, or gifting holiday.
Despite this book's title, it's a lot more than a compendium of dry biological information on a physical organ. It's also a look at the sort of treatment vaginas, and thereby women, are subject to. She hits up history, psychology, the porn industry, women's views of themselves. You name it, she takes you there through a lens you've probably never used before.
I'd recommend this book to pretty much any woman, seeing as every woman is equipped with a vagina, but even more to men, for whom the concept and the physical reality is alien.
There are some criticisms I have of the book which do not detract from my overall positive rating, but which may be of interest to discerning readers. 1) Wolf describes herself as having been in a "control" group. This is incorrect. She means "experimental" group (pg. 21); 2) I think she is confusing the SNS with the ANS systems. Sometimes she gets it right. At other times she references one of these systems when she really means the other (pg's 35,55); 3) The one-in-five rape statistic is incorrect. Most recent research indicates a lifetime rape prevalence of approximately 12%, and possibly a year-to-year college student incidence of 5%, the most often cited Koss surveys notwithstanding. Moreover, Wolf does not make distinction between systematic, institutional rape perpetrated during wartime versus rape occurring during peacetime. There may be an important etiological difference between the two; 4) Wolf is just plain incorrect when she claims that pornography affects men neurologically to the point of inducing "compulsory masturbation." Carefully controlled experiments indicate that for the most part pornography does not have serious ill effects and may even be restorative and therapeutic. In addition, Wolf makes no distinction between erotica and pornography, which for purposes of her discussion should be elucidated. Personally, I find distinguishing between the two very difficult, as explicit or suggestive depictions of sex are not in themselves pornographic, as has been repeatedly adjudicated by the courts. She also refers to pornography addiction as though it were an established DSM-5 specified addiction on the order of heroin and other drug addictions. This lose reference to so-called "pornography addiction" is not based on substantiated, credible research; 6) Wolf's belittling comments about vibrators (228) is inconsistent with her important (and valid) argument that different neurological pathways induce orgasm differently in different women. In fact, a quite important book has been written about this subject (The Technology of Orgasm), and a charming Hollywood movie titled "Hysteria" released a few years ago. Some women pleasure themselves with vibrators, and sex researchers find no reason to belittle them for doing so. Moreover, vibrators are a godsend for those without partners; 7) Her Goddess vs. Bitch dichotomy (233) is unhelpful. The fact of the matter is both men and women can be either considerate and considerate or disrespectful and insensitive to one another's needs, and all to varying degrees (233); 8) Wolf's thesis that women are both slower to fire and cool than men is persuasive, but it would have been helpful to at least consider both men's and women's needs for occasional minimal priming. Were men to follow her intricate, time consuming prescription for warming women to love making, then neither men nor women would have time or energy to attend to myriad other tasks. At times, most of us are appreciative of a gently paced gourmet meal; at others, we may in the mood for a Big Mac and side of fries. Depending on mood and context, both are satisfying.
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I like that the book discusses women's sexuality and vaginas. There's not enough of these books out there. Reading this book was like a liberating experience for me.Read more