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 writer wh 1. Language: English. Narrator: Therese Plummer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/005834/bk_adbl_005834_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A poignant and hilarious tour of the last frontier, the ultimate forbidden zone, The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. Hailed as the bible for a new generation of women, it has been performed in cities all across America and at hundreds of college campuses, and has inspired a dynamic grassroots movement - V-Day - to stop violence against women. Witty and irreverent, compassionate, and wise, Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning masterpiece gives voice to real women's deepest fantasies and fears, guaranteeing that no one who hears it will ever look at a woman's body, or think of sex, in quite the same way again. "I am so pleased to present this just-recorded audio edition of my play for people to hear in America and around the world," Ensler said. "Often during my travels performing and in discussions about The Vagina Monologues, many people have asked me to make a recording so that they could listen to it again and again. With the online introduction coming just before V-Day 2001, it also means a lot to me that the Audible.com sales of The Vagina Monologues will help support the expanding movement to stop violence against women." 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eve Ensler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhau/000036/bk_rhau_000036_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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.
The Day My Vagina Broke follows one woman's journey to becoming a mumma and how she had no idea childbirth could break your vagina...and you. Once you're pregnant, the rest is easy, right? No. Knowing parenting wouldn't be easy, Stephanie Thompson never thought too much about how the baby would actually arrive and how that was, in fact, the hardest part of the journey so far. Many women feel foolish for not knowing what they didn't know. They found out the hard way. The Day My Vagina Broke is about breaking the silence on the secret women's code around childbirth and empowering mums-to-be at their most vulnerable time. After going through her own tough childbirth experience, Stephanie wants other mothers to be informed about all birthing methods and be empowered to decide which method is best for their individual needs, not what they hear or read as being the "best". This audiobook builds a sisterhood of support by taking away the pressure and judgement so many women place on themselves and others. While this is a tough subject, The Day My Vagina Broke also provides hope for those who have been through a difficult birth and shows that you can still enjoy that wonderful moment you meet your baby for the first time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephanie Thompson, Dave Stokes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/173441/bk_acx0_173441_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Soul Vagina is a debut collection from the fearless South African poet Nomxolisi Ndlangana who takes the reader on a woman's pilgrimage to the core of self identity. The work speaks of a love of self and the love of another as the author masterfully synthesizes the nuances and complexities of a five-year relationship into a single poem. Soul Vagina is a daring exploration of sexual freedom that transports the reader to a realm of physical and emotional duality through a journey of love. Each poem, imaginatively encapsulates elements of beauty, struggle, and revelations. And with each step, the collection reveals a deeper surprise while redefining sex along the way. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nomxolisi Ndlangana. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/108058/bk_acx0_108058_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A poignant and hilarious tour of the last frontier, the ultimate forbidden zone, The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. Hailed as the bible for a new generation of women, it has been performed in cities and colleges throughout the world, and has inspired a dynamic grassroots movement, V-Day, to stop violence against women. Witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise, Eve Ensler's award-winning masterpiece gives voice to real women's deepest fantasies and fears, guaranteeing that no one who reads it will ever look at a woman's body, or think of sex, in quite the same way again. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eve Ensler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/000059/bk_twuk_000059_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
You might have thought you knew your own genitals. Think again! The Wonder Down Under explains everything you ever wanted to know about the vagina but didn't dare ask. Learn the truth about the clitoris' inner life, the menstrual hormone dance and whether the vaginal orgasm really exists. The book helps you understand how different types of contraception work in the body, what a 'normal' vulva looks like and how wearing socks can change your sex life. Medical students and sex educators Nina Brochmann and Ellen Støkken Dahl draw on their medical expertise to bring vagina enlightenment to the world. Their no-nonsense approach, written with great humour, makes this a must-listen for women (and men!) of all ages. Say good-bye to the myths and misconceptions surrounding female anatomy. This is a timely and empowering book that will inspire women to make informed choices about their sexual health. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Abigail Hardiman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/001275/bk_hodd_001275_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
[Contains explicit content] Susie explores the links between sex, gender, and the white supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia. Next, Susie wants to know how much better sex can be if you stuff glitter in your vagina. And finally, in honor of James Baldwin's birthday, we listen to an excerpt from The Fire Next Time. Have a question or news story for Susie? You can send your confidential queries and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. [Episode 756, August 18, 2017] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susie Bright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/suzy/170818/pf_suzy_170818_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Content in this book was banned from a college classroom that studied The Vagina Monologues. After reading Eve Ensler's book and attending a local production of her play, author Joe DiBuduo wanted to respond with his distinctly creative, male point of view. DiBuduo planned to write a play or screenplay titled The Penis Chronicles. After handing out a questionnaire to a multitude of people who said they would participate, Joe received only one response. The Penis Chronicles couldn't be written with only his and another man's thoughts. Realizing how reticent most men and even his college instructor were to talk about penises, DiBuduo felt obligated to research and share his narrative about the male appendage. He ended up with one monologue - A Penis Manologue. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ian Temple. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033270/bk_acx0_033270_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.