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Women Loving Women Paperback – April 1, 2007
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"Women Loving Women" is the perfect title to open the horizon for these curious women. The photos offer an excellent guide for women who are not quite sure what to expect, what to do, how to act. The positioning is erotic enough to inspire but so tasteful that no one interested in a bi experience will be turned off.
Artistically, the photography has a David Hamilton feel -- lushly set, beautifully posed. I imagine that thousands of frames were rejected to arrive at this perfect mix. Bravo!
Recommendation: Some of Hamilton's models look so young, you may question whether they are legal. That said, for pure technical skill and erotic posing, I recommend any book or poster by David Hamilton as a complement to this book.
Starting from that simple, un-charged premise, Waxman leads the female reader (which I'm not) through the basic steps of exploring another woman's sensuality. That starts, of course, with knowing her own - the things about herself that the woman will reach out to in another. Then there's the reaching out itself. Many of this book's intended readers have only had experience reaching out to (and being reached by) men, so this offers as much encouragement as education in how the experience might differ. Some of Waxman's advice might seem obvious, like observations on how intimate details differ between one woman and the next. But, if the reader has only herself as an example, how could she be expected to know the range of differences? Discovering them is part of the loving adventure.
This book's photos truly stand out. They depict beautiful young women singly, in pairs, or in small intimate groups. Every picture depicts delicate sensuality - happy people in enticing scenes and activities. Even discussions of mff threesomes features ladies-only photos. In keeping with the book's text, the pictures carry an explicitly sexual sense, but without vulgarity or negative overtone. One charming paradox appears in many of these images. They often spare the viewer direct genital confrontation, sometimes using a hand as figleaf. But, when that hand caresses instead of just covering, the scene's full sexual energy comes through - but gently.
This book expresses a woman's view of women's sensuality. That's such a huge topic that others will see it very differently, but that's not the point. It's describes how lots of women want to be loved, and that matters to anyone who loves them, whether man or woman.
The cover photo - which resembles the timeless statue, "The Three Graces," by Antonio Canova -- was the first to catch my eye.
Once inside, I found the text to be both informative and poetic. Making love to each other is described in a very natural, matter-of-fact tone (with taboos only mentioned indirectly).
But it's easily the photos that are the most captivating. They are both breathtaking and sensual - without showing the most intimate places - or the most intimate contact (but pretty close).
The author teases us through all of the steps - starting with attraction (seeing other women as beautiful), the senses (touch, smell and taste), knowing thyself (masturbation), toys (getting things flowing), lips (for kissing everywhere first) and then tongues - as the key to girl/girl enjoyment (for both arousal and pleasure) -- and finally concluding with threesomes (not what you might think) and places (where to go online to meet others so inclined).
In two of my favorite photos, one depicts a girl being passionately kissed about her neck - while her friend slips her hand down the front of the girl's loosened jeans; and the second one captures the moment of discovery - as a pretty girl peeks under her friend's undies - as they are gently removed by two sets of hands. In later chapters, the young women are all nude - and the touching depicted is much more focused.
My favorite chapters - which were also the most instructional (and enthralling) - were those that dealt with oral sex. The author explains the power of the tongue for licking (and the benefits of kissing the same parts earlier) and how important it is to go slow - to allow your partner's arousal a chance to keep up.
Of special note, one of the later sections is entitled, "Three's Company," which is about having a threesome (duh!). Surprisingly, the ménage a trois suggested - is not with three women - but with a couple (male and female) and another girl. The author takes us through two points of view, 1) one being the woman in the couple, and 2) the other being the girl on the outside looking in. Each has its advantages.
Achieving a two-girl threesome - thus becomes another possible culmination for our same sex experiences - which is an idea I really liked. The difficulty of having a threesome, of course, is finding a single girl to play the third wheel - and helping her (or both women) to overcome their same sex inhibitions. Allowing women to "practice" by engaging in their own girl/girl experiences ahead of time is a great way to solve both problems. And as the author points out - making love to another female is also a great way for us to become more comfortable with our bodies - and with our sexuality as well!
The idea of loving other women before getting married (or having serious long-term relationship with guys) is not a new idea. The acronym, "LUG" for "Lesbians Until Graduation" demonstrates that girls may have already discovered this pleasurable experience for themselves.
To conclude, implicit in hetero women making love - is that doing so is not in competition with (nor is it a substitute for) making love with our men. I think of it as a very special and loving friendship. I hope that this beautiful tome, "Women Loving Women" signals - that we may have finally turned the corner. Please don't miss it.