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Pussy: A Reclamation

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,626 ratings  ·  222 reviews
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 

“Required reading for every woman who longs to step into her power and live with pleasure and purpose.”

Kris Carr, New York Times best-selling author

Get ready to encounter a book that will change your experience as a woman, in a powerful new way. Author, educator, and School of Womanly Arts founder Regena Thomashauer has been working with women f
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Hay House, Inc.
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Alanna-Jane
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
It's really too bad .... This could have been a really good book. Unfortunately, there are just so many things wrong with it, that despite some really good content, I'm not entirely sure I'll make it to the end.

First, while trying so hard to convince the reader that they need to wholeheartedly fight/leave the status quo and join a female revolution, the author uses decidedly masculine and aggressive tactics to do so.

Second, hardly anything anywhere is all-or-nothing. Not every woman everywhere
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Lea  M
Jan 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Honestly, I accidentally misunderstood what this book was about going into it, but even still, once I found what it was actually about, it wasn't much better.
I assumed it would be a feminist read about reclaiming "pussy" and our bodies in society, but it's actually about the importance of loving yourself, your vagina, and your sex life. As I started to read it, I just assumed I wasn't the targeted audience, and that was why I wasn't enjoying it. But as I went further, it turns out, the author ho
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Dana
Oct 14, 2016 added it
Definitely made me think; sparked my memories of why I write what I write, why I believe what I believe, and reminded me that Divinity comes from within.

Read it with an open mind, allow the messages to resonate with you as they will. You aren't obligated to view things the way Ms. Thomashauer does, but I do think that if you're honest with yourself, this book will add some strength to your journey.

Lastly, keep in mind, the "self" in self-help. As is often said, "nothing changes until you do." T
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Andee Marley
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took a lot of courage to purchase, open and read this book,..and I feel like I was greatly rewarded with a renewed sense of power and self-worth. I loved the mythology from Greece and Japan, stories that I might not have heard elsewhere. This book unpacked and expanded some long held beliefs I didn't realize I kept.
I challenge the women in my life to read this book!
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Courtney
Jan 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was given this book by a woman I deeply admire, who has completed many courses with Mama Gena and been changed by them. She is fabulous, and I thought if this is part of what has her be fabulous, I am going to engage with it.

And I was into the premise--a reclaiming of what has been deemed shameful by patriarchal culture. I'm all about that.

And I was reassured by the disclaimer at the beginning about the text and the curriculum it describes (the programs of The School of Womanly Arts) being in
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Meredith Holley
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this more than I thought I would.

It inspired me to reach out to a past boyfriend who iced me out because of a different relationship he wanted to pursue, but wanted to be “platonic friends.” I asked him about a comment he made that, in my memory, seemed like he was threatened by female sexuality. (This was years ago, so not a current issue, just a memory that came up.)

His response was something like, “Thanks for asking me to have sex with you, I know you’re feeling rejected right
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Julie
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
[Note: this was written by my good friend, Lindsay McLaughlin. I was planning to write a review, but hers was so good, I asked her permission to share it. Enjoy.]

"Pussy: A Reclamation" is a provocative book gathering a woman's sensual pleasure experienced through the clitoris, vulva, vagina into a word, pussy, and presenting it as a portal to the transcendent, Divine Feminine. This resonates, because it connects with woman's reproductive, life-giving abilities, her intrinsic, deep ties to the cy
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Sophia Ciocca
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was book #2 on my own personal feminine/self-worth/sexual liberation quest (following the amazing Women Who Run With The Wolves).

The content in this book is POWERFUL. While the book is pretty repetitive in theme, the change I saw in myself throughout reading it was absolutely revolutionary. I went from cringing every time I read the word "pussy" and feeling scared to take out the book on the train ... to feeling empowered, turned-on, and excited to be part of the revolution towards embraci
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Alisa
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Some information, but mostly it reads like a long sales pitch for her course. Lots of repetition as well. I skimmed after the first 2 chapters.
Caval Olson-Lepage
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kobo, paper
I had to read this for a book club.

At first I was very intrigued with this book. It started with a very powerful message. It reminded of the vagina monologues taking power and turning a word with a negative connotation positive. While some of her theories on Rupture and Radiance struck a cord with me overall I couldn't grasp onto the idea that having mind blowing orgasms would lead to a more successful life. Her idea that I was to only do things that would generate pleasure for me before anyone
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Marva
So, I get it, okay? A woman’s superpower is her p*ssy. I loved the overall theme of this book about reconnecting with your unique sensuality as a woman. However, there were times when I felt overwhelmed by the aggressiveness of Mama Gena’s lessons (of which, there are plenty). I would so attend the School of Womanly Arts, even though there is a possibility that I wouldn’t finish and run screaming out of there. I love what she teaches, but am mildly turned off by how she does it.

Marissa
Oct 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
I couldn't bring myself to even finish reading this. I discovered Regena through a podcast and felt so empowered by her words but that didn't translate the same way in this book. What made me dislike it so much was how she would talk on behalf of other peoples lives and claim how miserable they were because they didn't practice her pussy method. All for my pussy but not for Regena - don't waste your time with this ...more
Denise
Nov 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great premise and inspiring

Fantastic ideas but they are repeated many times. Would be nice if other examples of power rather than only sexual manipulation were discussed. I still got a lot out of it and it's worth the read. You just have to make it work for you personally.
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Regan
Dec 27, 2018 marked it as abandoned
Not for me. While I can totally see how this would lift and empower some women, the ideas didn’t feel all that revolutionary for me and the delivery was a bit grating.
Amelia Armstrong
Feb 10, 2021 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, and definitely learned and grew a lot from it. It helped me with new insights and perspectives in many ways. However, it was disappointing to see the lack of inclusion regarding the many different identities surrounding womanhood and femininity. Besides a very minuscule amount of references, it failed to emphasize the very prominent event that...not all women prefer partners who are men. I look forward to learning more about Regena Thomashauer and her work, as she ha ...more
Laura
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ridiculous is a kind word for this book. Do not read if you're a staunch feminist looking for accurate, cultural, historical teachings and insights about lady parts and lady roles.

The only reason I read this was because a Fabulous lady handed it to me. She has a network of other Fabulous women who support her that she found through "Mama Gena's" programs. I've been in awe of this energy, and curious.

You know what? If this book is what has to be read to resonate with some women to give them the
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Kem
May 19, 2018 added it
This is definitely a great pro-woman book that offers a lot to think about in terms of why our society is the way it is, starting with why "pussy" is often used as a bad word. There are a bunch of interesting stories woven in as well, and it's clear that the author really did her research. My only complaint is that it began to sound too fanatic somewhere around the middle. That sort of turned me off from really taking the message in like I was at the beginning. Aside from that, I'd recommend thi ...more
Connie Crosby
Nov 14, 2020 added it
Shelves: 2020
This is not the type of book I would usually read, but I heard someone recommend it. I learned quite a bit about breaking the bias many of us have against women, and especially ourselves. I learned about empowering myself on a number of levels. Unfortunately the author lost me in the last third of the book: some of it was a little too “out there” for me, and I felt comparing all women to slaves was not appropriate. No rating given.
Mark Siegel
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While Mama Gena's tone may not be everyone's cup of tea, this vibrant celebration of Yoni Power is treasured by so many that it has to be on this bookshelf. Empowering, affirming, and for many, eye-opening, this one goes to the source. In every sense.
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Connie Hall
Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it
May be overstated, but possibly helpful for lots of women out there...the foreword and endorsement from Christine Northrup, MD, was what moved me to read it. Takes "Love Your Body, Love Yourself" to a whole new dimension! ...more
Josie
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is on one hand radical, and on the other hand made very pop-cultury and digestible.

But, I read it twice, I want to go meet the author, and I think the practices are useful.
Cassandra Kay Silva
Nov 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
The writing was very subpar. Also I am not a fan of the extreme feminist agendas flowing throughout this book. However, there are always good learnings to take out of every life experience and there were a few from here that I will keep with me. I met the most amazing strong intelligent SG's while in a book club for this and these women changed my life! I adore all of them and honor the journey that the book took us through together. ...more
Pearl Grace
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pd, own, 2021
Fascinating! Didn't agree with all the content but thoroughly enjoyed. ...more
Casey Phillips
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was REALLY excited about this book. I hate the word pussy, but reclaiming it I could do. There are a lot of good thoughts about self-care, -worth, -love. Encouragement to really embrace your amazingness.

The book, however, is way over the top. It reminds me of the "name it and claim it" theologies of cult-like religions. I kept thinking and hoping I would like it, but I did not. The writing also reflects other self-help books that come off a bit arrogant with little self-awareness. For people w
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Melinda
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this on a recommendation from a friend, and I can see how this book could be "essential reading" for some, but it was not for me. I think it could have been written in about a quarter of the space, with additional chapters for those who wanted more. But I think that's just me - (fortunately) I don't share the negative experiences of the author (and other women with similar experiences) that necessitated her to go on this personal journey of discovering self-love and appreciation and enlig ...more
Madeline Ross
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the most insightful books that breaks down the patriarchy and what any woman who is half awake can easily see happening all around her. It’s so easy to forget our connection with divine feminine source of power, to be ashamed of our bodies, forget our own innate wisdom etc, etc. This book has helped me re-awaken to my own power. Thank you, Regena, for writing this groundbreaking book full of truth, wisdom and PUSSY!!
Selisa Loeza
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I want to begin that I do recommend every woman read this book as it will help you connect/reconnect with your feminine. I thoroughly enjoyed the exercises and believe Mama Gena's intent of empowering women and sisterhood is magnificent.

However, I think many of her claims were extreme. Statistics/studies used only to help her arguments but not used in whole and overall too much hate against our society.

I believe in feminism but I don't believe that pussy is all. I believe greater spiritual exist
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Leila
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
I was unable to read this book in its entirety from page to page as it did not capture my attention or hold my interest. Skimming through to get her message was enough for me. I liked the title and the ideas/exercises in Chapter 6 (rupture) and 7 (radiance). The appendix (the womanly tools and arts) summarizes most of the terms and concepts in the book. These pages: 40, 74, 116-117, 126, 146 were interesting as well.
Maci Ann
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love her theories about using your body, self and femininity to empower you as a woman. However, some advice wasn't the best. For example, buying a dress the price of a car, in my opinion, won't help you find yourself. ...more
Alexandra Jamieson
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Empowering book for women who want to better understand and love their bodies.
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