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416 pages, Paperback
First published June 23, 2009
Interestingly enough, I started reading this book immediately after finishing Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski, which is all about reclaiming and celebrating (knowledge about) the ‘female’ body and women’s sexual experience and health, including (but not limited to) physical pleasure and orgasm. After reading in detail about how to get rid of all the garbage and misconceptions and create contexts that clear the path to and increase physical pleasure — which can lead to orgasm, although that is of course not a requirement — it was a bit of a switchover to now read about all the possible suboptimal effects of orgasm in both men and women. At first these felt like contradictory messages, but the more I thought about it the more I was able to see Nagoski’s book as more of a guide to the fundamentals of sexual wellbeing and awareness about the spectrum of sexual experience, from which one can then choose to explore the path that Robinson brings forward in her book. Or at least consider the insights that she shares.
What I liked about both these books is the similar way in which their authors have written them: they are a pleasant mix of (personal) experience, science and practice (including exercises) topped off with a refreshing dose of humor.