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Women On Top

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  781 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Nancy Friday's sexually and socially empowering international bestsellers My Secret Garden and Forbidden Flowers revealed that women possess erotic imaginations at least as inventive and powerful as those of men. Women on Top looks at a new generation of women and asks: what are women's sexual fantasies today? How have they responded to the changes brought about by feminis ...more
Published November 5th 1992 by Arrow Books Ltd (first published October 1st 1991)
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Anthony americano
Feb 08, 2008 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
Rebecca Huston
Sep 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Harv Griffin
Jul 16, 2013 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
Nov 21, 2009 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.
Shelli Black Rose
Mar 24, 2009 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.
Jun 19, 2015 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
Mar 16, 2007 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
Jun 21, 2007 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.
May 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: psychology
That some people harbor sexual fantasies like these is both utterly terrifying and absolutely hilarious.
May 02, 2011 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.
May 27, 2012 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!!
C.S. Morgan
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thinly veiled erotica masked as academic research, this reads like the letters section of a man's magazine. Still, great fun for ... ahem ... research :)
Melinda Ferguson
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ruby Noise
Jan 01, 2014 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 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.
Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read!
May 18, 2009 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 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.
Michael Tranchina
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting anthology of the inner lives and secret fantasies of women. Nothing too revelatory, but nonetheless provides an unconventional portrait of a women's typically taboo desires.
Oct 11, 2008 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
Roxanne Sami
Oct 03, 2015 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!!!
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.
Jul 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 rated it did not like it  ·  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.
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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