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Vagina: A New Biography

Vagina: A New Biography - Naomi Wolf It has its limitations, mainly discussing a very Western and hetero-centric idea of the vagina, but Wolf admits this with the reasoning that expanding to include more diverse female sexualities and cultural understandings of them would require a much more hefty tome. Which is likely true.I also found some of the discussions of Tantric sex and the "Goddess Array" a bit offputting, though again Wolf acknowledges this potential problem, admitting that the phraseology might be a little too "New Age" for many readers but that the sentiments should still be considered.Overall, I learned some things I'm now shocked that both women and men aren't routinely taught and am re-confirmed in my belief that the current, Western mode of thinking about female sexuality and the biology and chemistry behind it is incredibly limited and often archaic in all the wrong ways. I also definitely feel less insecure about my own responses, feelings, and desires and am encouraged to explore such things more thoughtfully as an individual and also with my partner. I certainly want to ruminate on the whole thing more and the vagina-brain connection that is essentially the thesis of the book, and write something a bit more insightful when I have done so. Overall though, I enjoyed it and think it revealed some very important ideas, facts, and philosophies about the vagina, womanhood, and sexuality (again - only heterosexual ones, but as Wolf encourages, I do hope there exists or will exist soon a similar study into the vagina in other sexual relationships/contexts/identities, not to mention on sexuality, the pelvic nerve and the male brain).