Vagina: A New Biography
When an unexpected medical crisis sends Naomi Wolf on a deeply personal journey to tease out the...more
While reading: While some reviewers find this "dry," I'm not finding it dry enough, as in: Science. I'm in a chapter on neurotransmitters that contains much information that appears to be overgeneralized or just misunderstood. Wolf begins many sections with a piece of science, then rapidly draws overinclusive or anecdotal conclusions from it. It's bo...more
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 more willing to share (I mean her life, not just her vagina...more
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 thinkin...more
Naomi Wolf successfully throws this entire dialogue out the window and take a firm and direct approach explaining the brilliance and history of this organ.
"Vagina: A New Biography" is the first piece of literature that has truly...more
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 scient
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 i...more
I think it was very str...more
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...more
September 11, 2012
The American Prospect
Naomi 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 tryin...more
Naomi Wolf also d...more
I loved this book and I hated this book.
There were many things I learned that I wasn't previously aware of. It was well worth my time to read it.
Many of the problems I have with this book are not unique to this book. I encounter them most of the time while reading. Most glaringly, I don't believe it is helpful to think abo...more
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...more
Saying that, I devoured the book like a lover supping cunni, so Wolf at least got the storytelling part right. It's just a shame that the dynamic narrative isn't always supported by verifiable science. ('Science' being a word that is hurled back and forth with confidence, especially in regard to the 'vagina-brai...more
Wolf’s primary thesis in a nutshell: The vagina is wired to the female brain. As a result, after a top-shelf orgasm (i.e., dopamine-releasing one) a woman is more creative, confident, and sociable (while a woman deprived of sexual satisfaction will find life increasingly meaningless, intimidating, and jo...more
While the first and last parts of the book offer a nice synthesis of science, cultural criticism, and history, the middle third...more
Full review to come, hopefully I can do it justice.
If you're sensitive to language just go away. I don't want to hear it and I'm sure neither does the auth...more
I preferred the portions of the book about her individual exposure and personal experiences with expansion techniques like tantric sex and how they brought her to the discovery of the science of vagina/nerves/brain connections.
Wolf proves beyo...more
And, the text always seems to tilt in the direction of the 'old school' or 'vanilla' idea of sex which is had by a long-term heterosexual couple that light candles an...more