Vagina: A New Biography

Vagina A New Biography 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

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 theAn 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 readers, 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 wom

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  1. Naomi Wolf is the author of seven books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Beauty Myth, The End of America and Give Me Liberty She has toured the world speaking to audiences of all walks of life about gender equality, social justice, and, most recently, the defense of liberty in America and internationally She is the cofounder of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, which teaches ethics and empowerment to young women leaders, and is also a cofounder of the American Freedom Campaign, a grass roots democracy movement in the United States whose mission is the defense of the Constitution and the rule of lawom naomiwolf

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  1. Naomi Wolf was very distraught when she noticed that her sex life lost its poetic dimension One night, out of desperation, she prayed next to the stove In case you were wondering, the stove was cold, ironwood, and completely irrelevant to the content of this book Bargaining with the universe and any deity willing to listen to her plight, she promised that if she could be healed, she would share the experience and what she learned from it with everyone else, and she would make money off of it She [...]

  2. Why is this book not a must read for everyone who owns a vagina and everyone who does not own a vagina but hopes to have a partner who will share hers The biology is important to Naomi Wolf s argument, as is the chemistry, but if you don t like that sort of thing, ignore it and focus on The Goddess Array What woman does not wish to be treated according to the Goddess Array If treating a woman that way makes her happier, healthier and willing to share I mean her life, not just her vagina , then [...]

  3. The Vagina MythJaclyn FriedmanSeptember 11, 2012The American Prospectprospect article vagina mythNaomi Wolf s yoni worship isn t just silly it s dangerous.This summer, Michigan state representative Lisa Brown was banned from the House floor when she dared to say the word vagina in a debate about proposed restrictions on abortion Just three weeks ago, Todd Akin revealed what many Republicans believe If you get pregnant, it can t have been rape It s been a year of politicians trying to force women [...]

  4. This book was like tearing the scab off a freshly healed wound It s been so long since I ve had to deal with the shittiness that is evolutionary psychology, and then Naomi Wolf comes along and reminds me of just how terrible it is all over again.Well, let s do this.Vagina A New Biography is Wolf s syncretism of Eastern teachings about sex particularly Tantra with Western medicine, with a particular focus on the way women in the West regard their vagina It s the fifth book in the Banging Book Clu [...]

  5. Why does the author feel the need to write a book about the vagina Because as many as 30% of western women report that they get little pleasure from making love Because bad sex is linked to depression A lot of my readers who are in their twenties, their first concern is about porn addiction.Pornography has speeded up sex, so there is a lot less foreplay, kissing or going to second or third base The desensitisation of the brain s response to porn is not good for intimacy.

  6. I really enjoyed Naomi Wolf s new book, Vagina A New Biography Of course I would, I am a heterosexual, male, monogamist and a first class flake, so I was like a kitten with a bowl of warm milk It puts me in mind of that song from The Sound of Music, These Are A Few of My Favorite Things In a way, I wish some one else beside Wolf had wrote the book, then I would not be forced to acknowledge that much of the world thinks this is a silly book and most of the people who think that are women I really [...]

  7. EDITED I CHANGED MY MIND Naomi Wolf in general and this book in particular have been mired in controversy and showered with praise alternately I find myself somewhere in the middle I see its limitations and problems, but don t think its entirely harmful and Wolf herself does try to acknowledge any flaws or biases her and her book may have.Overall, I learned some things I m shocked aren t routinely taught to both men and women, and am confirmed in my suspicious that the Western mode of thinking a [...]

  8. Yeah, that s right I read a book called Vagina Naomi Wolf and I have a complicated relationship The Beauty Myth changed my life when I read it as a teenager But then she broke my political heart when she became pro life after being pregnant Still, I feel compelled to read her books based on that early and powerful influence.But this one was a dud She gets two stars instead of one because she s Naomi Wolf, but, I really didn t think this was a very good book Essentially, I felt like she couldn t [...]

  9. Of All the books I brought back from BookExpo, this is the one I ve started reading first For such a common thing, there are litterally billions of them out there, in fact, half of the people I know own one, and yet I know so little about them Of all of the people that could be the author of such a book I am so glad it is Naomi Wolf I m also glad it is set up as a biography I love biographies and I think the style works for the subject matter I m 20 pages in and so far it is as good a read as on [...]

  10. I loved this book I also hated this book It is a rare and powerful book that can have me bouncing up and down with excitement and urgently reading aloud a passage on female physiology to my wife one minute, and leave me embarrassed for the author and wondering if I was reading satire the next Naomi Wolf s Vagina A new Biography had me jumping back and forth between the two fairly regularly Within the first few pages, I had decided that this was not the book for me, so filled were they with the w [...]

  11. Naomi Wolf is one of my favourite people I have read everything she has ever written and credit her for my interest in women s issues I have loved her since stumbling upon an excerpt of Promiscuities in a women s fashion magazine something like Marie Claire or Glamour when I was thirteen years old It was the first time I had ever read anything feminist and it opened a whole new world for me.I include Wolf on my list of smart, interesting female pop cultural role models such as Nora Ephron and Ti [...]

  12. I really enjoyed reading this book I was dissapointed to hear it tirn to shreds on my NEW YORKER podcast for it s lack of appreciation for rational scientific discourse and it s endoresement of psuedoscientific terminology It was said that Wolf distorted the scientific data that she discussed While this may have been true in several areas though I didn t personally look into it , I think the overall message of the book was a powerful one that needed to be vocalized I think it was very strange th [...]

  13. This is a difficult review to write I absolutely LOVE reading about sexuality, neuroscience, tantric practices, and perceptions about orgasmic pleasure, these are incredibly important topics We carry such burdensome beliefs concerning human sexuality, barbaric beliefs that cloud our minds from what is otherwise life affirming bliss we are born judgment free and open, unburdened by the labels and divisiveness that so many of us learn throughout life we learn dogma and ego and certainty, shallow i [...]

  14. Quite repetitive, tiresome and stating the obvious in many cases I have to admit I skipped many parts while reading due to long recurring themes At points I thought she was drawing personal only conclusions presenting them as universal Overall, disappointing Don t read it unless you want to find yourself in detailed explanation of anatomy and connection between mind and body

  15. Having read The Beauty Myth I was expecting a lot from this but sadly I was left largely disappointed, confused and generally peeved To start with Wolf by her own admission only looks at the vagina from a heterosexual point of view, to the point a white middle upper class heterosexual point of view, which excludes far than it includes but this is who she is, so we ll move on Then she goes through the history of the vagina and being female generally which was really interesting and good to see [...]

  16. Let me start by saying that I liked the book, I learned a lot, and I find Wolf s perspective fascinating at times Having said that, I feel like a appropriate title would be, Vagina An Anecdotal Journey Peppered with a Bit of Science I wish that her documentation was robust and I wish that her ties between scientific research and less recognized philosophies were less tenuous But in the end, the book made me think and that is what I appreciate in a book.

  17. Overview Ms Wolf had a unique experience that could have been an extremely useful contribution to our understanding of the mind body connection Unfortunately she misinterpreted it due to her feminist biases and made this experience all about women.A few years ago Ms Wolf began to notice that after having sex she didn t feel the deep sense of well being she had always enjoyed post coitus Slowly she stopped feeling joy, confidence, or creativity in her everyday life, and instead experienced increa [...]

  18. Everything is a vagina I picked up this book on recommendation of a charming youtuber, and boy, what an entertaining, absurd, fascinating, guilty pleasure read it was Firstly, this is Naomi Wolf a privileged conspiracy theorist, New Yorker, Jewish princess, and former political advisor to presidents Just google her pictures and remember this very woman who wrote a book on beauty being a cultural construct.Part of this book hilariousness results from the references to stories involving people she [...]

  19. I thought this book was going to be a dull, inaccessible read Boy was I wrong This book is a revelation It explains exactly why and how the female sexual response is different from woman to woman, and details what women need to get the most out of their sex lives, and their creative, professional and personal lives Wolf introduces the concept of the Goddess Array, which unsurprisingly runs counter to what the media spoon feeds to women women need safety, they need to be nurtured, cherished and a [...]

  20. It definitely enlightens you about what it is that makes women s sexuality so different from their male counterparts and how the physical gets to influence the mental how the vagina is all wired up to trigger phychological responses not only regarding the automatic and obvious realm of sensations but also regarding emotions.

  21. Mind vagina connection I think that I would not be impressed by the neurology here, especially soon after reading Delusions of Gender How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference.

  22. Science wise, I think it was a mess She makes some good points that I think deserve proper exploration, but this book doesn t do it She loves anecdotes and musing and rat studies, and we re supposed to be convinced.Plus, I think this book should be properly called a biography of the heterosexual vagina.

  23. A while ago, I added this book to my ever expanding to read list after watching Naomi Wolf s promotional interview on The Colbert Report While sympathetic to the core women s rights causes addressed by feminism on the whole, I occasionally have misgivings about the fragmentary factions of particular issues addressed by feminist voices, especially among those who assert a narrow ideology of how all women ideally should liberate themselves from the oppression of the patriarchy Of course, this is n [...]

  24. A Naomi is not a Naomi is not a Naomi Confessions 1 I started reading this book because I heard rumours way back when that Naomi Klein was to write about about the vagina I never even glanced at the name on the cover Had I been aware it was Naomi Wolf, I would have been annoyed and never got the book in the first place I never read any reviews, so when this book was slaughtered by all respectable critics, I noticed nil 2 I continued reading and finished it only because it is my New Year s Resolu [...]

  25. Naomi Wolf s earlier books, The Beauty Myth and The End of America, are two of my favorite books, so I was eagerly looking forward to reading her latest But reading it was deeply disappointing In addition to credulously repeating the unproven claims of pseudo science practitioners, she also engages in wild speculation not just about implausible scientific hypotheses, but also about the motives of men who disrespect women I mean, obviously, I hope we re all against men disrespecting women, but su [...]

  26. Okay, I gave it three stars liked it even though I wanted to give it two it was ok and as best I can make out it is not so much because I liked it, as that I felt like reading critical mocking reviews of this book beforehand colored my perception from the beginning I tried to shake that throughout, but I m not sure I was able to so I gave it the extra star just in case I m not being wholly fair Make any sense No Anyway the bad 1 This is one of those weird The New Science I have cherry picked sug [...]

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