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Women On Top

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  713 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Nancy Friday's phenomenal bestsellers My Secret Garden and Forbidden Flowers broke new ground, revealing for the first time the complexity of women's secret sexual fantasies. In Women on Top, she returns to the subject that made her famous, examining the erotic fantasy lives of more than one hundred and fifty modern women. Drawn from Friday's personal interviews and letter ...more
559 pages
Published (first published October 1st 1991)
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Anthony americano
Feb 08, 2008 Anthony americano rated it it was ok  ·  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
Harv Griffin
Jul 16, 2013 Harv Griffin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: guys who want to learn about gals
Shelves: reviewed, own
pic of my copy of the book

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
Shelli Black Rose
Mar 24, 2009 Shelli Black Rose rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Rebecca Huston
Sep 02, 2010 Rebecca Huston rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
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.
Jun 19, 2015 BookCupid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Ever wondered why most women can't differentiate love from sex?

According to this book, the depth of the problem goes all the way back to teenage masturbation. Men pleasured themselves a lot more than women, who sadly, are shun by society as dirty girls for entertaining the idea. Hence, when men go out on a first date, they're instantly aware that the sexual longing they feel for that person is purely sexual, after all they've experienced that feeling through self-pleasure many times. Whereas wom
Nov 21, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 16, 2007 Jafar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Masturbatory. I practiced my English with this book.
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
Tyrell Warner
Jul 19, 2012 Tyrell Warner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 21, 2007 HeavyReader rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of one-handed reads
Shelves: sex-fiction
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.
Aziz Krich
That some people harbor sexual fantasies like these is both utterly terrifying and absolutely hilarious.
May 02, 2011 Ants rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
C.S. Morgan
Jan 08, 2014 C.S. Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thinly veiled erotica masked as academic research, this reads like the letters section of a man's magazine. Still, great fun for ... ahem ... research :)
May 27, 2012 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
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!!
Sep 05, 2015 Maura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Melinda Ferguson
Jan 05, 2013 Melinda Ferguson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ruby Noise
Jan 19, 2014 Ruby Noise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
May 18, 2009 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Like the others in this series, it's a mix of hot, strange, and sometimes downright disturbing fantasies contributed by anonymous women.
May 15, 2012 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting to read what goes on inside other peoples heads, and one chapter in particular gave me a massive insight to myself.
Feb 18, 2009 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read!
Roxanne Sami
Oct 06, 2015 Roxanne Sami rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful! That's the Least I can say.. Want more?! This is a pure waste of time, I got this book thinking I've put my hands on some kind of proper academic research or at least a study on that matter! Unfortunately what I've found out is a pure porno content in a research outfit!!! Not only this but very weird, sick thoughts and concepts introducing extremist sexual behavior.. It's a typical 14 years old kind of book! That type of teenagers digging for anything that says just sex!!!
Oct 14, 2008 Lesley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ramona Silverwing
So glad I found that one in a time where I was not sure on how to think about being dominant and sexy in bed. Always thought it maybe too much for man.This book sure changed my mind very fast.
Aug 17, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, erotica
A selection of women's fantasies accompanied by Friday's interpretation about how the fantasies relate to the times.
Therese Wiese
Sep 14, 2014 Therese Wiese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sexual fantasies compiled of women during the 1980's. Delightful and hot!
From any book you will get only as much as your world-view lets you. Therefore, there are still people who will find Women on Top a soft porn for women. Which is not true.

WoT is one of many steps to take, to unite women. It proves that despite different ages, backgrounds, religions, we are pretty much the same and desire very similar things. If you can't get past the subject of the book, you should read it again, this time looking further then tip of your nose.
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.
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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.

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