on 4 March 2014
This book is thoughtful and insightful, asking whether women can reclaim the anatomically accurate 'c-word' in place of the arguably sexist term vagina without connotations of vulgarity and disgust.
To explore this idea, Rees considers various cultural and artistic representations of the vagina, from literature to performance art, Frida Kahlo to South Park. Witty and intelligent, the author never seeks to patronise or preach but puts across her passion for the subject eloquently.
An accessible book, this is a must for anyone with even a passing interest in the subject.
on 2 April 2015
I bought this book in hardback and forgot to leave a review. I saw that it was now out in paperback and thought I should remedy my omission, as I got a great deal out of this work. It is witty and insightful and a book to which - unusually for me - I have returned several times after first reading. This is not a dry academic text but is a beautifully researched wonderful read. Not just for females or those that identify as such. Fab. I would review it further but cannot to justice to it in the way this review does, which I endorse! http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/book-review-the-vagina-a-literary-and-cultural-history-by-emma-rees-8783684.html