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Women On Top

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  502 ratings  ·  40 reviews
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Published November 5th 1992 by Arrow Books Ltd (first published October 1st 1991)
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Steve Sckenda
Memory. Proust had his madeleine, I had Petra's review of another book written by this author. A flood of suppressed, but pleasant memories associated with this book that came flooding back when I read her review.

Anthony americano
Feb 08, 2008 Anthony americano rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Oprah
If you've never wondered just how twisted the minds of women really are 'Women On Top' will have you do so with the turning of each page. Written by feminist Nancy Friday - whom I understand to be a psychologist of some sort - 'Women on Top' is a collection of erotic fantasies from hundreds of "oppressed" females who find empowerment through gangbangs, rape scenarios and bestiality.

Here, Ms. Friday operates more as a file clerk than an actual author selecting tales from sessions with women Frid...more
Shelli Black Rose
Mar 24, 2009 Shelli Black Rose rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone who likes erotica
Shelves: erotica
I first read this book in the early 90's and loved it! I've since re-read it dozens of times - sometimes front to back, sometimes just a section at a time - and still find it just as erotic and informative each and every time. This one stays on my nightstand for a quick read when I feel the urge.
Harv Griffin
Jul 16, 2013 Harv Griffin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: guys who want to learn about gals
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WOMEN ON TOP is one of those books that I bought and read and re-read as research on women. Like Shere Hite, Nancy Friday is one of those interviewers of women who are expert at getting them to spill.

Women's sexual fantasies circa 1991. Some of them are as classy and erotic as Anaïs Nin. A few may be as bluntly pornographic as early Penthouse letters. (I only subscribed to Penthouse for the cartoons.)

I never marked this book up, although I wanted to, because I didn't dare let some future girlfri...more
Tyrell Warner
This book was in the local library when I was in fifth grade- despite being uninterested in anything other than paranormal and fantasy work at the time I somehow found this crammed behind a shelf (likely someone put it there so it'd be their personal sexual pastime.)

Anyways suffice it to say it was pretty hot stuff, Then I found out about hentai and that led to hardcore dwarf related sadomasochism so I got into some pretty good stuff well before my teens.

Definitely recommended to all.
HeavyReader
Jun 21, 2007 HeavyReader rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fans of one-handed reads
Shelves: sex
This book is all about women's fantasies. Some of the fantasies included in this book are really far out and some are kind of disturbing, but some of them were really hot to me too. I think I got it at the Friends of the Public Library library booksale, so I didn't invest a lot of money to get it.
Michael
Read this as a teenage boy. Thought it was way cool then. Come to think of it, I still think it's way cool.
It's about women's sexual fantasies. Man, you people are just as messed up as we are. I like it.
Rebecca Huston
Not for the prudish or the squeamish. And guys, just because we think about outlandish things, doesn't mean that we want to do them.
Jafar
Masturbatory. I practiced my English with this book.
okyrhoe
It's been almost twenty years since I first came across this collection of women's sexual fantasies. At the time I was just as interested in N. Friday's analysis of each fantasy, and what it revealed about women's liberation (or lack thereof).
Today as I flip through the book I am a bit upset at how uniform the language of the so-called "real-life" fantasies reads, and I wonder to what extent each woman's narrative has been edited, how much each unique voice has been moulded (limited?) to fit th...more
Ants
Thanks to the book exchange at work, this book came into my hands. I did not return it but rather found a place for the book on my bookshelf.

I like to know about sexual fantasies or realities. There is not too many sources of information but this book does a fine job. Enjoy it - I certainly did.
Donna J
Great book, something for everyone and some bits not for everyone, but hey if a section is not for you skip it for one that is!!
C.S. Morgan
Thinly veiled erotica masked as academic research, this reads like the letters section of a man's magazine. Still, great fun for ... ahem ... research :)
Angela
Apr 30, 2011 Angela marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book back in 2004, thinking it sounded quite interesting "How real life has changed women's sexual fantasies", back in 2010 I tried to read it, and it starts out way too clinical, I guess I just wanted some smut, not a real discussion, so, I did not make it very far in the book.
Chas Bayfield
Goodness! This was an eye opener. I couldn't look a woman in the eye for ages after reading this. It's a dangerous book, in that it feels that blokes shouldn't really know what girls are thinking. Once they know, it puts everything into perspective. And gosh, some of those girls are dirrrrrty!
Sue
Like the others in this series, it's a mix of hot, strange, and sometimes downright disturbing fantasies contributed by anonymous women.
Jo
It was interesting to read what goes on inside other peoples heads, and one chapter in particular gave me a massive insight to myself.
Aziz

To think some women out there actually harbor sexual fantasies like these is both utterly terrifying yet absolutely hilarious.
Lesley
i had read an essay that referenced this book so i picked it up at the library. basically it a bunch of women from all different walks of life telling their sexual fantasies. the person whom referenced this book talked about how you shouldn't read the authors explanation/theories on these fantasies as they are kind of ridiculous and outdated. and perhaps at times misguided/mistaken about certain sexual fantasy subejcts, like bdsm or more queer ones. so i didn't because i didn't really care to re...more
Ruby Noise
Women's fantasies I have come to see are many, varied and at times had me thinking we are different but all the same.
This collection collated by Nancy Friday from many women is a book I have had for years and will not part with. It tells of desires for other women, multiple men, leather, lace and whipped cream. Sometimes I was left pondering the extent of time on some womens' hands, pardon the pun, to enact their time consuming joys.
Those who believe 50 Shades of Grey is a horny read, should get...more
Marie Smith
Not quite sure what I expected when I began this book however I am left both shocked and quite often repulsed my some of the fantasy had by some women.

To manage to read through some of the chapters I had to remind myself that this is a study, research, into the changing fantasises of woman throughout the years.

Suffice it too say this book has certainly opened my eyes and made my own fantasies seem quite tame in comparison.
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Ok so I was 15 when a friend and I pooled our money and bought My Secret Garden ( more than 20 years ago) - and then I bought this a year or so later. For me this was a lot more eyeopening and disturbing than the first. I have no idea where it ended up - most likely I lent it to someone and it was never returned.
Nicolai
Jul 03, 2008 Nicolai rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: all women
Recommended to Nicolai by: no idea
I learned that women have complicated sexually fantasies that follow a theme over an extended period; unlike men who tend to flip from image to image

this is an exciting book and well worth keeping by your bed.
Humayun Shinwari
Sep 24, 2007 Humayun Shinwari rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: adults who want to know about women's sexual fantacies.
A very good book about the sensual fantasies of women. It is a marvellous book for those who want to live in the world of fantacies.
Jim
Little more than Penthouse letters written by women...not that there is anything wrong with that.
Divya
This is the worst book I've ever read! Nightmare. Dont ever ever read this..
Romani
Erm... recommended by my therapist... so far it's "interesting."
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Nancy Colbert Friday (born August 27, 1933) is an author who has written on the topics of female sexuality and liberation.

'Nancy Friday's successful fantasy revelations (My Secret Garden, Forbidden Flowers)' have seen her placed among 'the feminist erotic pioneers'. Her writings argue that women have often been reared under an ideal of womanhood which was outdated and restrictive, and largely unre...more
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