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Enjoyable? Yes. Arousing? Not quite.
on 22 November 2002
Let me first say that anyone interested in sexual psychology should read this work. An unprecedented collection of the sexual thoughts, desires, fears and, of course, fantasies from women in 70's USA and UK.
However, it is more a book concerned with erotic fantasy rather than an erotic read, despite being promoted as such on many adult sites. Many of the accounts are from women who had anxieties & inhibitions about their sexuality, or failings in their relationships, which comes across in their accounts as pathetic & sometimes pitiful revelations. Most are written in a bland & unarousing style when compared to much of today's literature. This was an era where women's sexual confidence was still embryonic, the fact that some can still relate to these women may show that their evolution is still not complete.
It's only failings are the author's self confessed, autobiographical leaning which gives some bias to the objectiveness of the research & a journalist's amateur, over simplified generalisation to some of the analysis. Other than this, Nancy Friday has to be applauded for this book.
This is a must for anyone wanting more insight into the female sexual psyche, but if you're looking for titillation I would try something else more fitting from the now bulging erotica bookshelves.