- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Womanspirit Press; Revised edition (September 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0967270502
- ISBN-13: 978-0967270500
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,154,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Women Who Love Sex: An Inquiry into the Expanding Spirit of Women's Erotic Experience Revised Edition
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"A masterpiece of affirmation-refreshing, moving, and extraordinarily liberating. For sexuality professionals, for our students, patients, and clients, for anyone who loves women, and especially for any woman who loves sex (or wants to love sex), Women Who Love Sex is the freshest breath of air to come along in years." -- The Journal Of Sex Research
"An affirmative, useful guide for both women and men, enriched by smart clinical insights." -- Publishers Weekly
"An innovative approach. A truly significant contribution to the way in which we think about human sexuality." -- Wardell B. Pomeroy, Ph.D., co-author of the "Kinsey Reports"-Sexual Behavior in the Human Male and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female
"Fascinating, affirming, and down-to-earth. Gina Ogden skillfully weaves together women's stories with insight and wisdom to explore the magnitude of women's sexual experiences-their power, importance, and connection to spirituality. This book will get a lot of women talking about sex!" -- Charlotte Kasl, Ph.D., author of Women, Sex, and Addiction
"In my work with college women, I am witness to the wrestling match between young women's evolving self-definition and the relentlessly constricting messages imposed upon them by society. Women are warned about sexual negativity, but by refusing to acknowledge that women also possess the capacity for deep sexual joy, we have allowed only half the truth to be told. Women Who Love Sex tells the long-denied other half of that truth. Reading it was extraordinarily freeing, both for me and my students." -- Mary Krueger, Ph.D., Founding Director of the Bowling Green State University Women's Center
"This book is a remarkable contribution to the literature on female sexuality. Ogden sets out to destroy stereotypes of female sexuality, whether they are found in pop culture, the world of professional sexology, or in current, politically correct 'feminist' ideology. She succeeds by situating women's sexual phenomenology within an appropriate, theoretical context and by substantiating her propositions with empirical support." -- Canadian Journal Of Human Sexuality
"This is a warm, innovative book, full of sexual poetry from women's own stories about their lives. Ogden has an important message. Sex, especially woman-affirming sex, is about a whole lot more than intercourse and orgasm. It is about trust, sharing, spirituality, love, whole-body sensuality, and letting go of restrictive sex roles and oppressive sexual scripts." -- Naomi B. Mccormick, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Plattsburg, and author of Sexual Salvation
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"In a world in which abuse and exploitation mar too many women's experiences of sexuality, this readable and woman-affirming book breaks new ground with its broad understanding of the nature and power of women's sexual pleasure."-BOSTON WOMEN'S HEALTH BOOK COLLECTIVE, authors of Our Bodies Ourselves
"Women Who Love Sex explores a whole new landscape: the sexuality and sensuality of healthy women on their own terms-not simply in relationship to the male 'norm.' You will find inspiration and affirmation in this book."-CHRISTIANE NORTHRUP, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
"An unconventional exploration of female sexuality, from its earthiest to its most ethereal. Gina Ogden manages to enliven even the tired rhetoric of recovery, and she offers a feminist perspective on sexual pleasure for women that challenges the prevailing feminist preoccupation with sexual abuse." -WENDY KAMINER, author of I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional and True Love Waits
"In Women Who Love Sex we are invited to hear women's voices proudly, joyfully, honestly telling us what they want, what they love and what they know. In listening to these women, we gain clarity about our own desire. Gina Ogden helps open the way for a new understanding of women's sexual experience: not a 'relentless dash for orgasm' but a richly varied set of experiences building on empathy, vulnerability, engagement, ecstasy, humor, and increasing intimate connection. The nature of women's sexual desire, obscured for so long in writings on sexual development, comes alive in this courageous book." -JUDITH V. JORDAN, Ph.D., co-author of Women's Growth in Connection
"An expansive, warmhearted book that redefines and reframes women's sexual pleasure. Gina Ogden stays with these women-never judging, pathologizing, or abandoning them." -DALMA HEYN, author of The Erotic Silence of the American Wife and Marriage Shock
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Still, I don't mean to discourage anyone from reading it. There were some very useful parts -- it's just that it is not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination. I personally didn't read much that I didn't already know, but as I said, it would be very liberating for anyone who think sex is bad or that sex has to be painful and boring.