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Vagina: A New Biography Paperback – 6 Sep 2012

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844086887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844086887
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 (Jemima Lewis The Mail on Sunday)

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 (Viv Goskrup Independent on Sunday)

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 (Sarah Vine The Times)

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... (Emma Brockes Guardian)

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Naomi Wolf is back, with a book that is as exciting, dramatic and controversial as The Beauty Myth

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This is a well researched, well reasoned book about the vagina. Historically and sociologically interesting, backed up by excellent medical research and interviews with experts. Naomi takes us on her personal journey where she experiences a debilitating condition which starts to affect her nervous system and hence, her sex life.
I read this book in three days flat. Eminently readable, sometimes laugh aloud funny and sometimes just so enlightening I read bits of it out to my husband. Other parts are sadly touching and others, just sad, especially the history of sexual repression against women and Naomi's theories about the use of rape in war (It's not personal, it's just a tactic). Other bits confirmed what I already knew, like why I like sniffing my husband's neck so much. :D

Do note that this book has been written from a heterosexual POV and non hetero people might find that there's not much that might apply, but I can't say that for sure. Naomi makes that clear in the opening and much of the book is based on female and male interactions with each other which are chemically driven. Saying that, I think a lot applies to female gay couples and would certainly be of interest.
This is a book that I'd hand on to my kids to read when they're old enough... late teens/early 20's. In this world of instant hook ups, porn and the fairly poor view people hold of the beauty of female sexuality, it's important to slow down, read the data and change the way we do things.

If you're an interested, vaguely intelligent woman who likes a good read and who would like to connect with your body AND your male partner more than you are, then this is for you.
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Revealing
Insightful
Exposing
Liberating
Empowering
Full of tips to become your best goddess version possible....fully thriving in your own sensuality for your own and your partners' benefits x
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Naomi Wolf's new book embodies deep problems with pop science publishers and their relationship with the media: her work brings in the bucks, so Ecco Press (HarperCollins) publishes what they refer to in their marketing blurb as "rigorous science" without bothering to double-check her claims with any neuroscientists. The media largely takes Wolf's statements at face value, understandably assuming that no major publisher would gamble their reputation by putting this stuff into print without at least a cursory round of fact-checking. But the "science" in this book is largely misleading or just wrong.

To learn the details, Google for these articles:
- Neuroscientists take aim at Naomi Wolf's theory of the "conscious vagina"
- Naomi Wolf's "Vagina" is full of bad science about the brain
- Pride and Prejudice, by Zoë Heller (The New York Review of Books)
- Feminist Dopamine, Conscious Vaginas, and the Goddess Array
- Of Mice and Women: Animal Models of Desire, Dread, and Despair
- Upstairs, Downstairs; `Vagina: A New Biography,' by Naomi Wolf (The New York Times)

Wolf leapt to fame with her 1991 book The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women, which argued that culture's idea of female beauty is entirely socially constructed, primarily by men, in order to keep women down. Following publication, research by Devendra Singh and others confirm that both men and women from a broad spectrum of cultures (even those who don't have magazines or television) uniformly agree that they find women with a waist-to-hip ratio of between 0.6-0.8 the most attractive -- which makes sense biologically, given that a 0.
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One of the best and valuable books ever written. Should be required reading in school for all 12-year-olds and over as well. Anybody anywhere will benefit. Every motel needs it instead of the bible. It could save the world if everyone understood what is taught here about the real state of half of humanity (and thus the other half.)
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 I love Wolf's fearlessness on this topic - she dares to present a radical new way of understanding the vagina, backed not only with new scientific insights, but also drawing upon more ancient traditions such as Tantra and Taoism. The historical context that she brings to the vagina is also really eye opening, and creates unique insight into the way our modern society views the vagina.
As a woman, what I find really powerful about this book is the speaking of what I have felt on a deep, innate level - that my vagina is more than just an organ. I love that Wolf, rather than taking a radical feminist perspective, also writes of the emotional, bonding and 'needy' aspects of the vagina as well - something that I feel helps to life the shame that so many women feel about wanting to be in partnership with someone else, particularly a man. And I deeply appreciate the scientific research that supports so many of her claims - from understanding the nuerochemical reactions that the vagina is linked to, to having a clearer picture of how trauma and environment can affect the vagina.
This book is brave, timely, powerful and validating. I laughed, cried and 'wooooowed'. We're recommending this to all of our clients - men AND women - in order spread the knowledge and encourage a deeper understanding, respect and reverance of the vagina. And to help women AND men everywhere to start having better, more profound and more fulfilling sex.
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