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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; First Edition edition (2 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224063960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224063968
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An explosive study of the female form." (Mail on Sunday)

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The Naked Woman is very much in the same tradition as the classics Manwatching and Bodywatching. Fully illustrated with line drawings and full-colour plate sections.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Luc REYNAERT TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Feb 2006
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Desmond Morris's book is more a medical, technical, gynaecological, symbolical description of the female body.
The text lacks the humour, the unexpected comparison or the brilliant exposures of 'The Naked Ape'.
But, besides a 3000 year old Sumerian joke, one can still learn a lot about 'the most remarkable organism on the planet': e. g., why tongue-piercing can be very dangerous; why the base of the spine is calles sacrum; why the display of bare buttocks should drive away evil spirits; why legs reaching to the armpits are sexually attractive; why tears are bactericides; why Golden Lotus feet are sexually attractive in China; why hair is a species flag; why men's interest in women's breasts is not infantile?
Or, what is the origin of belly dancing, the importance of the development of opposite thumbs, the law of Shifting Erogenous Zones, the function of eyebrow movements?
And, what symbolize blond hair, pubic hair, ears, a tiny waist and cheeks?
The author stresses rightly the importance of religion in gender matters: 'In ancient times the great deity was always a woman. But, she underwent a disastrous sex change. The benign Mother Goddess became the authoritarian God the Father.'
A totally other religious affair is the circumcision of women: 'A leading Moslem theologian has issued a fatwa against anyone opposing circumcision, ordering the death penalty on, at the very least, 85 % of the entire human race (non-Moslems).'
Desmond Morris castigates rightly 'the male diplomats and politicians of the United nations and other such impotent organizations, who take refuge behind convenient phrases like 'showing respect for local traditions and customs'.'
As he states: ' The real reason of reducing woman's sexual pleasures is the fact that it helps to subordinate them to their tyrannical male partners.'
This book is a very worth-while read.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Xiao on 30 Jan 2005
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This book gives a very thorough account of the female body. Each part of the body in turn, explained with its biological reason and its influence both to other female as well as the male counter-part. The book itself is very well written and easy to read. This is not a stereo account of women's ideology, but more nature and animalistic approach. It will help any male to understand and appreciate the struggle the female goes through, I hope it has helped you as much it clarified to me.
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Even it was a used book it just looks like brand new. It covers very interesting topics and cool pictures.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Feb 2006
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This book explained many interesting facts and the origins of make-up, women's roles and anicient rituals and beliefs of women through many religions. I would recommend this book to anyone interesting in learning about women's history.
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