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Vagina : a new biography /
Naomi Wolf.
imprint
London : Virago, 2012.
description
xii, 400 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1844086887 (pbk), 9781844086887 (pbk)
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imprint
London : Virago, 2012.
isbn
1844086887 (pbk)
9781844086887 (pbk)
contents note
Does the vagina have a consciousness? Meet your incredible pelvic nerve ; Your dreamy autonomic nervous system ; Confidence, creativity, and the sense of interconnectedness ; Dopamine, opioids, and oxytocin ; What we "know" about female sexuality is out of date -- History : conquest and control. The traumatized vagina ; The vagina began as sacred ; The Victorian vagina : medicalization and subjugation ; Modernism : the "liberated" vagina -- Who names the vagina? "The worst word there is? ' How funny was that? ; The pornographic vagina -- The goddess array. "The beloved is me" ; Radical pleasure, radical awakening : the vagina as liberator -- Reclaiming the goddess.
catalogue key
8560773
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [371]-380) and index.
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Naomi Wolf has tried hard to look at female sexuality as it really is, not as pop culture or political correctness would like it to be... The science of female arousal is complex and woefully neglected, and Wolf has done us all a favour by trying to drag it into the mainstream
Part memoir, part cultural history and part scientific journey around women's sexuality, the best elements of which illuminate how little women generally know about their own anatomy...
Praise for The Beauty Myth 'A smart, angry, insightful book, and a clarion call to freedom. Every woman should read it'
Praise for The Beauty Myth 'It shows us yet again how much we need new ways of seeing'
Wolf's tome could not be better timed... at a time when Western women's bodies have never been more highly politicised, the one person who might be able to shine a ray of light... has to be Wolf. Perhaps this history will do for 21st century activism what The Beauty Myth did for 1990s feminists... Wolf is exploring territory we haven't heard about since Germaine Greer in the 1970
Worth respecting, even celebrating... there is [here] a very intriguing thesis about love... If you are one of those School of Cosmo feminists who has been arguing for decades that women should be more like men sexually... then Wolf's take is genuinely revolutionary
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Boston Globe, September 2012
Los Angeles Times, September 2012
New York Times Book Review, September 2012
San Francisco Chronicle, September 2012
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An astonishing new work that radically changes how we think about, talk about and understand the vagina - and consequently, how we can understand women and sexuality - from Naomi Wolf, one of our most respected cultural critics and author of the modern classic, The Beauty Myth . As Naomi Wolf embarks on a life-changing personal journey to tease out the link between sexuality and creativity, what she discovers is revelatory and exhilarating - a scientifically supported link between the vagina and female consciousness itself. Emboldened by these new discoveries, she looks back in history and shows us how the vagina was considered sacred for centuries until it began to be seen as a threat. Even now, in an increasingly sexualised world, it is thought of as embarrassing and slightly shameful. Why? Vagina: A New Biography combines cutting edge science with cultural history to explore the role of female desire and how it affects female identity, creativity and confidence. Provocative and engaging, positive and inspiriting, this book brings to light female impulses, history and dreams - and, in exploring what women really need, it goes to the very core of what it means to be female. For any woman who wants to understand her body and her mind and the culture that defines her - Vagina is essential reading.
Back Cover Copy
An astonishing new work that radicallychanges how we think about, talk about and understand the vagina - and consequently how we think about women and sexuality - from Naomi Wolf, one of our most respected cultural critics and author of the modern classic, The Beauty Myth . As Naomi Wolf embarks on a life-changing journey to tease out the link between sexuality and creativity, what she discovers is revelatory and exhilarating - a scientifically supported link between the vagina and female courage, assertiveness and consciousness itself. Emboldened by these new discoveries she looks back in history and show us how the vagina was considered sacred for centuries until it began to be cast as a threat. Even now in an increasingly sexualised world, it is thought of as slightly shameful. Why? Vagina: A New Biography combines cutting-edge science with cultural history to explore the role of female desire and how it affects female identity, creativity and confidence. Provocative and engaging, positive and inspiring, this book brings to light female impulses, history and dreams - and, in exploring what women really need - it goes to the very core of what it means to be female. For any woman who wants to understand her body and her mind and the culture that defines her - Vagina is essential reading.
Back Cover Copy
An astonishing work that radically reframes how we think about, talk about and understand the vagina - and consequently, how we understand women - from Naomi Wolf, one of our most respected cultural critics and thinkers, author of the modern classic, The Beauty Myth . A medical crisis resulted in sending Naomi Wolf on an unexpected journey - to tease out the link between sexuality and creativity.She discovered, much to her own astonishment, an increasing body of scientific evidence that suggests that the vagina has a fundamental connection to female consciousness. Exhilarated and emboldened by these new discoveries, she considers what a sexual relationship - and a relationship to the self - transformed by these insights could look like. And explores what women really need. Vagina: a New Biography combines rigorous science explained for lay readers, with cultural history and deeply felt considerations of the role of female desire in female identity, creativity and confidence. Provocative and engaging, positive and inspiring this book, about female impulses, history and dreams goes to the very core of what it means to be a woman.
Bowker Data Service Summary
The embarrassment and alienation we often feel when the word 'vagina' comes up in conversation is fairly new. In this book, Naomi Wolf explains why the vagina deserves an understanding of its own cultural lineage and ancestry because, what is true of the female body in general, is more true of the vagina than of any other feminine aspect.
Main Description
The embarrassment and alienation we often feel when the word 'vagina' comes up in conversation is fairly new. Slang terms for the vagina right up until the end of the nineteenth century were affectionate, often downright cuddly, and usually positive. It was only in the last hundred and twenty years that the hostile note attending the vagina became a slur rather than an endearment. The vagina deserves an understanding of its own cultural lineage and ancestry because what is true of the female body in general is more true of the vagina than of any other aspect of the feminine. And the way we understand and envision the vagina at certain momenst in history is a metaphor for how we are willing to see women in general and how women are encouraged to see themselves.From the Greeks and the Romans to Freud, from pornography and health to godesses, from worship to denigration and even mutiliation, here is a history of this wonderful organ, the 'dark continent' of female sexuality, well deserving of its own story.

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