Definitely an accurate book historically and wonderfully laid out. Characters are believable and crisp. The dialogue is superb. I didn't like the endiDefinitely an accurate book historically and wonderfully laid out. Characters are believable and crisp. The dialogue is superb. I didn't like the ending, but it still fit the rest of the story well....more
Anyone familiar with Stephenson knows three things going into a new book by him: 1. This story will take a long time to start getting interesting 2. ThAnyone familiar with Stephenson knows three things going into a new book by him: 1. This story will take a long time to start getting interesting 2. The characters will be complex and will not be well drawn out 3. The science and research behind the story will be amazing.
This book encompasses all three. It is too hard to describe what happens without spoilers, but I think it is fair to say that the book is about the aftermath of the moon blowing up. I don't consider that a spoiler since this is found in the first line of the book.
I do not recommend this book if you like plots to grab you and hold onto you. This isn't that book. This book explores themes of genetics, planetary physics, realities of living in space, male-female differences, human nature and greed, survival, religion, and the evolution of politics.
I do recommend this book for those who love hard science in a novel....more
Wolf is one of the pre-eminent feminist writers of the 21st century. But from the first chapter on, you don't get a sense of her feminism but rather hWolf is one of the pre-eminent feminist writers of the 21st century. But from the first chapter on, you don't get a sense of her feminism but rather her humanness. The kernel of the book was the result of an operation Wolf had to correct a genetic condition involving her pelvic nerve. This condition was made worse through a seemingly innocent fall. The genetic condition exacerbated by the fall caused her pelvic nerve to become inflamed and ultimately, insensitive.
As a result, she lost most of her libido and the joy that comes from sex. The operation was successful and she found a new appreciation for her intimate life. From that appreciation, Wolf the writer embarked on a journey to understand how important her vagina was to every part of her life.
The first part of the book centers on recent studies in the neurological and psychological place the vagina plays in the life of a woman and society in general. In this section, she explores the horrible things that have been done to women's vaginas throughout history. With her signature tenacity, Wolf interviews many doctors and researchers to determine the value and place the vagina has in the sexual life of couples, creativity, joy and contentment. Her thesis is that the vagina has been misunderstood, miscast and mistreated for a long time.
The second part of the book explores all of recorded history to see a timeline of people's opinions regarding the vagina. it is an understatement to claim that the vagina has always been seen the same way. From the center of enlightenment to the doors of hell, the vagina has been painted in both light and dark colors and images. Wolf is especially concerned that modern pornography has robbed both men and women of the advantages of seeing this central female organ for what it is; a beautiful center of life and creativity.
The final section delves into exercises that can help women (and men) recapture the original design and purpose of the vagina and vulva. She explores the differences between the four different types of orgasms, g-spot research, tantric massage, emotional and psychological triggers and many more aspects. Though she was eager to apply a lot of what she learned in her studies, she maintained her monogamous approach to life even when coaxed into a more bohemian lifestyle.
I liked this book for a number of reasons. First, it gives balance in the area of sex therapy to the vagina, taking the spotlight away from the clitoris for awhile. That needed to happen. There is more to sex for a woman than just orgasms. The vagina and the role it plays in sexuality is much more important than the orgasm. I also liked how Wolf explores the value of aesthetic beauty and music for the health of the vulvic area. I appreciate her thorough study of how rape has changed the way women view themselves and how it is much more than just a violent crime. It is a life-destroyer.
The book's middle section on the history of the vagina could have been condensed. It is a little tedious unless you love retrospectives of literature. I believe that Wolf also leans too heavily on a couple of authors regarding the G-spot speculation. She does redeem herself by quoting a number of the latest studies which suggest that the G-Spot is simply the bottom end of the Clitoral Complex, a series of fibers and nerve endings culminating in the clitoral hood and glans.
As a Christian counselor, I can recommend this book for the following reasons:
1. God created the female body and a woman (and her man) should understand how it works and what God designed it for. 2. There is a lot to be said for the differences between men and women in this book and this fits the biblical mindset well. 3. Wolf gives needed caution to the church for the way we have blamed women through the centuries for liking sex. We need to recognize a woman is allowed to enjoy sex and should be encouraged to do so.
The two parts of the book that a Christian should be aware of:
1. She likens the vagina to a goddess. Even if this is a metaphor (and I'm not convinced she really sees it that way) it is a sloppy one and owes more to the ancient Egyptian concept of polytheism than to modern sensibilities. 2. She is being all-inclusive in the book. There are no moral strictures mentioned beyond the dangers of rape. She could have talked about STDs and their effect on the vagina but she chose not to.