- Paperback: 266 pages
- Publisher: Mango Garden Press; 8/16/11 edition (September 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 057803395X
- ISBN-13: 978-0578033952
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 199 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sheri Winston (CNM, RN, BSN, LMT) is one of the country’s leading teachers about sex and sexuality. She is the founder and executive director of the Kingston, NY-based Center for the Intimate Arts. As a teacher, Winston is hailed for her lively and engaging style, the comfort level she creates for her students, and the high quality and original content of her material. Her first book, Women’s Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure, won the 2010 Book of the Year Award from the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. Winston’s journey to being a sex teacher began when she became a licensed massage therapist in 1980. This was the first of many times she was to study the human anatomy. Soon after, she felt called to become a midwife and began assisting and apprenticing at home births. She then became a childbirth educator and doula (someone who provides professional labor support). In order to become legally certified, she attended nursing school at SUNY/Stony Brook and graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude, receiving her BSN (Bachelor's degree in Science of Nursing) and becoming a RN (registered nurse). She then attended midwifery school for her graduate education, becoming a certified nurse-midwife and gynecology nurse-practitioner. Spending twenty years serving the power of birth turned out to be the best possible apprenticeship Winston could have for being a sex teacher. This is because it was the birth process that taught her much of what she learned about how to have great sex. For years, she taught women how to breathe themselves into an altered state; how to surrender to the tide of labor; how to release their sound and use it to open themselves; and how to use their pelvic muscles as well as their mind to facilitate the birth process. She helped women get in touch with their innate wisdom and showed them how to use their inner tools to cooperate with the natural process. During this time, Winston had also unwittingly incorporated these skills and practices into her own increasingly fabulous sex life. Once she became aware that she’d been unconsciously using these techniques, she decided to start learning and practicing them purposefully—and she made it her personal mission to bring her specialized knowledge about how to have great sex to men and women everywhere.
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As for all the education that's promised in the beginning of the book- how to activate all the different nervous pathways, how to have multiple or extended orgasms or ejaculate, the most the book offered was a small sidebar. The majority of the exercises were nauseatingly new age bullshit like making an alter, lighting candles and affirming how sexy your genatalia is. I mean, thats really great if you've never thought of them that way, but not something I feel is rocketing me to new sexual highs. It's also written for a decidedly feminine experience of women's arousal- which, granted, 90% of men need vast improvement on. However the "delicate flower" that needs so much foreplay was a bit much for me at times.
In the end I found myself really glad this book was written, and wishing I read it when I was 17. Also decidedly and terribly disappointed that the exercises were for spinning my chakras and not for a little more advanced physiological exercises since I was looking for some sex coaching not a spiritual life coach. That said, for the right audience I'm sure that's just great, and the correct anatomical understanding of the true extent of the clitoris, female erectile tissue, pereneal and urethral sponges, movement of the uterus during the menstrual cycle and during sex, etc were worth every penny. Also the correct description of female ejaculate was such a welcome description. Finally! (It comes from a gland just up the urethra, before the bladder, that is analogus to the prostate).
So, that is, you should probably get this book because it will tell you some desperately needed information. If you're a "novice" as she terms it- that is a non-orgasmic or occasionally orgasmic woman, you should definitely get this book. If your a man and don't know what to do with women or have a man who doesn't know what to do with you, you should definitely get this book. If you are sexually experienced but want to know what's actually happening in all the amazingly beautiful and complex female sexual/reproductive system, you should definitely get this book (that's probably everyone). But if you already have a good ability to orgasm and enjoy yourself and are looking for advanced learning, you'll be drastically disappointed and should look elsewhere. And if you know where- let me know because I can't find it!
By Sheri Winston, 2010 (review by david)
I so wish I had learned from nurse and sex-educator Sheri Winston as a teen. Reading her book has made me a better lover.
Sheri takes her readers on "an in-depth, illustrated tour of the land of female genitalia, feminine sexuality and the intimate erotic arts." (p.5) For all humans who have female parts or "like to play with them."
The human body is so delightful and complex. Sheri teaches the "symphony of arousal," how singles or couples can become literally entranced in sex.
Four examples of what I didn't know before reading Sheri: 1) She explains what is known about female ejaculation. 2) Sheri points out that women have more total erectile tissue than men, though much is buried. 3) Sheri connects loving well with the heart practice of not judging and comparing others. 4) She explains the biology behind the power of slow sex; why less movement is sometimes more. Thank you, Ms. Winston.
This book provides wonderful erotic art; a lengthy introduction (which some readers skipped); hands-on practical tips for creating energy and arousal; as well as a list of Sheri's personal 16+ types of orgasm from "little tickly genital-sneeze orgasms" to "love-gasms" to "telepathic mutual mind-blowers." (p. 16)
Bon Appetit! 90 of 105 Amazon.com customer reviews rated it 5 stars.
Thank you to JS for suggesting this book; and to KFL for upgrading my writing and life.
The physiological anatomy section is outstanding in its comprehensiveness of the pelvic region. I do wish she'd spent a tad more time on other erogenous zones, particularly the breasts, regarding arousal response and stimulation, and possibly effects related to nursing, and maybe piercings, too.
I also really appreciate the sections on the many types of peaks or orgasms which are possible, and emphasis of the concept that one can train the body/mind to be more responsive in that way. Seeing much personal success now I know some things are possible and happen for others.
Phenomenally informative, and I like the lush, passionate writing style, though it may not be for everyone.