From South Park to Kathy Acker, and from Lars Von Trier to Sex and the City, women´s sexual organs are demonized. Rees traces the fascinating evolution of this demonization, considering how calling the ´´c-word´´ obscene both legitimates and perpetuates the fractured identities of women globally. Rees demonstrates how writers, artists, and filmmakers contend with the dilemma of the vagina´s puzzlingly ´´covert visibility´´. In our postmodern, porn-obsessed culture, vaginas appear to be everywhere, literally or symbolically but, crucially, they are as silenced as they are objectified. The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History examines the paradox of female genitalia through five fields of artistic expression: literature, film, TV, visual, and performance art. There is a peculiar paradox - unlike any other - regarding female genitalia. Rees focuses on this paradox of what is termed the ´´covert visibility´´ of the vagina and on its monstrous manifestations. That is, what happens when the female body refuses to be pathologized, eroticized, or rendered subordinate to the will or intention of another? Common, and often offensive, slang terms for the vagina can be seen as an attempt to divert attention away from the reality of women´s lived sexual experiences such that we don´t ´´look´´ at the vagina itself - slang offers a convenient distraction to something so taboo. The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History is an important contribution to the ongoing debate in understanding the feminine identity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Polly Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021170/bk_adbl_021170_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
`Writing with her signature blend of poetry and polemics, Naomi Wolf delivers a fiercely courageous portrait of female sexuality in the twenty-first century. As usual, Wolf writes what others are afraid to say´ --Susan Cain, author of New York Times bestseller Quiet ´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, 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 twenty-first-century activism what The Beauty Myth did for nineties feminists . . . Wolf is exploring territory we haven´t heard about since Germaine Greer in the seventies´ Viv Groskop, 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
An astonishing new work that radically changes 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.
An astonishing work of cutting-edge science and cultural history that radically reframes how we understand the vagina - and consequently, how we understand women - from one of our most respected cultural critics and thinkers, Naomi Wolf, author of the modern classic The Beauty Myth. When an unexpected medical crisis sends Naomi Wolf on a deeply personal journey to tease out the intersections between sexuality and creativity, she discovers, much to her own astonishment, an increasing body of scientific evidence that suggests that the vagina is not merely flesh, but an intrinsic component of the female brain - and thus has a fundamental connection to female consciousness itself. Utterly enthralling and totally fascinating, Vagina: A New Biography draws on this set of insights about ´´the mind-vagina connection´´ to reveal new information about what women really need, and considers what a sexual relationship - and a relationship to the self - transformed by these insights could look like. Exhilarating and groundbreaking, Vagina: A New Biography combines rigorous science, explained for lay listeners, with cultural history and deeply personal considerations of the role of female desire in female identity, creativity, and confidence, from interviewees of all walks of life. Heralded by Publishers Weekly as one of the best science books of the year, it is a provocative and deeply engaging book that elucidates the ties between a woman´s experience of her vagina and her sense of self; her impulses, dreams, and courage; and her role in love and in society in completely new and revelatory ways sure to provoke impassioned conversation. A brilliant and nuanced synthesis of physiology, history, and cultural criticism, Vagina: A New Biography explores the physical, political, and spiritual implications of this startling series of new scientific breakthroughs for women and for society as a whole, from a write... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Therese Plummer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/005834/bk_adbl_005834_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
[Contains explicit content] Susie talks to writer Charlotte Shane. Her recent article for Fusion, ´´The Painful Truth About Tight Vaginas´´, broke down cultural expectations and shed light on the harm done by Kegels. Then, Susie has great news about Audible Channels, where In Bed with Susie Bright is now free! Have a question or news story for Susie? You can send your confidential queries and comments to email@example.com. [Episode 717, September 2, 2016] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susie Bright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/suzy/160902/pf_suzy_160902_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
We´ve been thinking about sex all wrong. Mainstream media, movies, and porn have taught us that sex = penis + vagina, and everything else is just secondary. Standard penetration is how men most reliably achieve orgasm. The problem is, women don´t orgasm this way. We´ve separated our most reliable route to orgasm - clitoral stimulation - from how we feel we should orgasm - penetration. As a result we´ve created a pleasure gap between women and men: 50 percent of 18- to 35-year-old women say they have trouble reaching orgasm with a partner 64 percent of women versus 91 percent of men said they had an orgasm at their last sexual encounter 55 percent of men versus 4 percent of women say they usually reach orgasm during first-time hookup sex In Becoming Cliterate, psychology professor and human sexuality expert Dr. Laurie Mintz exposes the broader cultural problem that´s perpetuating this gap and what we can do about it. Pulling together evidence from biology, sociology, linguistics, and sex therapy into one comprehensive, accessible, and prescriptive book, Becoming Cliterate features: Cultural and historical analysis of female orgasm (spoiler: the problem´s been going on for ages) An anatomy section (it´s all custom under the hood) Proven techniques for cliterate sex (it starts with training the sex organ between your ears) A comprehensive final chapter for men (because you don´t have to have a clitoris to be cliterate) By dispelling the lies, misunderstandings, and myths that have been holding us back, Becoming Cliterate tackles both personal and political problems and replaces them with updated outlooks and practical skills needed to change our collective perspective on sex. It´s time to finally inform women and men on how to... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Teri Clark Linden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006352/bk_harp_006352_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.