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    (E–pub Download) [Vagina Author Naomi Wolf] AUTHOR Naomi Wolf Why does the author feel the need to write a book about the vagina? Because as many as 30% of western women report that they get little pleasure from making love Because bad sex is linked to depressionA lot of my readers who are in their twenties their first concern is about porn addictionPornography has speeded up sex so there is a lot les

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    (E–pub Download) [Vagina Author Naomi Wolf] AUTHOR Naomi Wolf I really enjoyed Naomi Wolf’s new book Vagina A New Biography Of course I would I am a heterosexual male monogamist and a first class flake so I was like a kitten with a bowl of warm milk It puts me in mind of that song from The Sound of Music These Are A Few of My Favorite Things In a way I wish some one else beside Wolf had wrote the book then I would not be forced to acknowledge that much of the world thi

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    (E–pub Download) [Vagina Author Naomi Wolf] AUTHOR Naomi Wolf Yeah that's right I read a book called VaginaNaomi Wolf and I have a complicated relationship The Beauty Myth changed my life when I read it as a teenager But then she broke my political heart when she became pro life after being pregnant Still I feel compelled to read her books based on that early and powerful influenceBut this on

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Ultural causes but also because it tends so dangerously towards biological determinism It s true on me level we re all ust suishy meat robots But we re suishy meat robots with a diverse cornucopia of cultures and practicesBiological determinism is hugely problematic in the fight for social SOS Schlank ohne Sport - justice It s a bedrock of arguments to support oppressive practices And Wolf demonstrates surprising support for these ideas and for ideas about gender essentialism She continually refers to male brains and female brains as if these are concrete things they aren t It is true that there are sex linked differences to the brain but they are far nuanced and complicated than inferred from Wolf s casual use In particular there are epigenetic factors at work Plus neuroplasticity means that cultural influences could potentially affect our brain wiring as well Wolf is at best being irresponsible in failing to elucidate the complexity of the origins of these perceived differences in the brains of men and women A reader could be forgiven for thinking from this book that the differences between the sexes were a settled matter of scientific record rather than the intense source of debate and further study they continue to beI should probably have seen the red flags earlier on In her introduction Wolf casually mentions she is going to ignore LGB experiences because they deserve whole books of their own It was basically a bald faced this is hetero white feminism deal with it and I remember a few alarms going off when I read it but I trudged on In retrospect considering the other problems with this book that statement is so much harmful Firstly notice that Wolf doesn t even mention the T A etc Not everyone with a vagina is a woman and not every woman has a vagina but Wolf blithely uses one as synecdoche for the other Secondly claiming you re only going to talk about straight women to keep things simpler isn tust a cop out it s offensive to everyone It further others ueer women setting up heterosexuality as normative and ueerness as deviant something that can be sidelined for later books It might be less obvious but I also don t see this as a great thing for straight women it asserts a rigidity to sexuality and gender identity that does not necessarily exist It s possible to be straight bi gay or ace but it s also possible to locate oneself somewhere outside of in between or in transition between these restrictive categories Wolf seems so intent on liberating the understanding of the vagina but for who Why gatekeepWolf is also super moralistic when it comes to porn She minces no words as she describes the way habituation to porn affects men and women creating impotence While I agree that there elements to porn that are problematic and need to be addressed I Charming the Firefighter (In Shady Grove, just find it so disappointing the Wolf chooses to be utterly polemical here She talks to a bunch of male and at least one female sexual healers or whatever but does she ever talk to a sex worker To a porn actor To anyone who makes porn or erotic art I kind of feel like they have interesting things to say about vaginas and sex but I guess Wolf wants to discount themSo I guess what disappoints me about Vagina to bottom line this already ridiculously long review thanks for sticking with me if you ve read this far is that it tries to be too many types of book at once It wants to be scientific but it leans on anecdotes and mysticism It wants to be mystical yet it insists on trying to find parallels between the East and the West and I can t speak for Eastern practitioners but I m sure they are very tired of Westerners coming around and borrowing appropriating their exotic beliefs for other purposes It wants to be empowering yet it carves out a specific category of woman and then speaks only to them There are some really interesting facts in this book and even some good science but these are buried beneath layers of poorournalistic choicesI want to be clear that I m not taking issue with the idea or intent of Vagina Making India Work just its confused and unsound execution However if you read the book and liked it I d be happy to have some civil discourse about it in the comments Or comeoin us in the Banging Book Club Goodreads group Why is this book not a must read for everyone who owns a vagina and everyone who does not own a vagina but hopes to have a partner who will share hers The biology is important to Naomi Wolf s argument as is the chemistry but if you don t like that sort of thing ignore it and focus on The Goddess Array What woman does not wish to be treated according to the Goddess Array If treating a woman that way makes her happier healthier and willing to share I mean her life not Everwar (Cal Leandros, just her vagina then what man in his right mind would not be willing to study the Goddess Array learn it and apply it throughout his lifeThat said there appear to be doubters everywhere many of them women beginning with the female critic who savaged the book in the New York Times I turned to GoodReads and also found reviews by women readers here who savaged Vagina As if enough vaginas had not been savaged already What am I missing here Why am I so attracted to this book which others find badly researched badly thought out and badly writtenPerhaps at this point I need to establish my bona fides as a man I am a husband of 43 years father of three grandfather of 7 I was an infantry platoon leader in the 101st Airborne in Vietnam Since then I have been a bicycle racer a coach and a scoutmaster When I read Vagina I realized that simply put I could have easily treated my wife better making both of us happier throughout our marriage by making the Goddess Array a part of our everyday lives What woman does not want candles and flowers to be touched lovingly to have her man look deeply into her eyes and tell her every day how much she is loved and valued and how beautiful she seems to him What woman does not want to be taken seriously to truly be listened to when she speaks and to be treated with decency and honorWhy do American Men treat their women like Goddesses when they are courting them and then ignore them denigrate them and treat them like the hired help after the honeymoonMs Wolfe has her theories and they may or may not be valid but I found the arguments in Vagina compelling I have asked my wife to read it but whether she does or not I intend to let the Goddess Array guide me for the rest of our marriage or until she tells me toust uit telling her that she is loved touching herlistening to her lighting candles and bringing her roses I don t think that Ms Wolf expects her to tell me to stop I don t expect it either Yeah that s right I read a book called VaginaNaomi Wolf and I have a complicated relationship The Beauty Myth changed my life when I read it as a teenager But then she broke my political heart when she became pro life after being pregnant Still I feel compelled to read her books based on that early and powerful influenceBut this one was a dud She gets two stars instead of one because she s Naomi Wolf but I really didn t think this was a very good book Essentially I felt like she couldn t decide between trying to be scientific or trying to be philosophical about the vagina She w EDITEDI CHANGED MY MIND Naomi Wolf in general and this book in particular have been mired in controversy and showered with praise alternately I find myself somewhere in the middle I see its limitations and problems but don t think its entirely harmful and Wolf herself does try to acknowledge any flaws or biases her and her book may haveOverall I learned some things I m shocked aren t routinely taught to both men and women and am confirmed in my suspicious that the Western mode of thinking and talking about female sexuality biology and chemistry is incredibly limited and often archaic in all the wrong ways However I am disturbed by Wolf s assertion that great sex is the key to a woman s creativity intelligence and sense of self not to diminish the importance of one s sexuality but the idea that if you aren t getting some and not ust any some but mind blowing orgasms some then you aren t a fully realised woman obviously raises a lot of eyebrows and uestions and problemsI ust wish it was couched as Wolf s own experience and exploration rather than as if it s devulging some if not universal than at least American heterosexual feminist truth Wolf has understood her body and found sexual fulfillment and that s great for her But it might not apply to all bodies it s a biography of her vagina and a little bit of science on what the average vagina might be But to extend it further than that seems dangerous to me in line with the same sort of narrow thinking that produced Freudian psychoanalysis and female hysteria So now I ve talked myself out of liking it at all This is a book that will make you uestion your faith in everything It is not good at all The Vagina MythJaclyn FriedmanSeptember 11 2012The American Prospecthttpprospectorgarticlevagina myth Naomi Wolf s yoni worship isn t No Way Home just silly it s dangerousThis summer Michigan state representative Lisa Brown was banned from the House floor when she dared to say the word vagina in a debate about proposed restrictions on abortion Just three weeks ago Todd Akin revealed what many Republicans believe If you get pregnant it can t have been rape It s been a year of politicians trying to force women to have medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds and personhood amendments granting one celled organisms rights than women as long as the cell resides in the woman s uterus If there ever were a cultural moment crying out for an impassioned defense of the vagina it would be now It s beyond unfortunate then that Naomi Wolf s new book Vagina A New Biography is such a failure Vagina A New BiographyBy Naomi Wolf Ecco Press 400 pages 27Wolf is best known for her 1991 text The Beauty Myth but recently has made headlines for claiming that penetrating a sleeping woman represents a model sexual negotiation and saying that rape victims should lose their right to anonymity if they report the crime to authorities She was inspired to write Vagina by a personal medical crisis in which her sexual response was diminished by what turned out to be a mild form of spina bifida Using her intimateourney back to sexual health as the frame of reference the book s core argument is that t Naomi Wolf was very distraught when she noticed that her sex life lost its poetic dimension One night out of desperation she prayed next to the stove In case you were wondering the stove was cold ironwood and completely irrelevant to the content of this book Bargaining with the universe and any deity willing to listen to her plight she promised. And deeply engaging book that elucidates the ties between a woman's experience of her vagina and her sense of self; her impulses dreams and courage; and her role in love and in society in completely new and revelatory ways sure to provoke impassioned conversationA brilliant and nuanced synthesis of physiology history and cultural criticism Vagina A New Biography explores the physical political and spiritual implications of this startling series of new scientific breakthroughs for women and for society as a whole from a writer whose conviction and keen intelligence have propelled her works to the tops of bestseller lists and firmly into the realms of modern classi.

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This is a difficult review to write I absolutely LOVE reading about sexuality neuroscience tantric practices and perceptions about orgasmic pleasure these ar I really enjoyed Naomi Wolf s new book Vagina A New Biography Of course I would I am a heterosexual male monogamist and a first class flake so I was like a kitten with a bowl of warm milk It puts me in mind of that song from The Sound of Music These Are A Few of My Favorite Things In a way I wish some one else beside Wolf had wrote the book then I would not be forced to acknowledge that much of the world thinks this is a silly book and most of the people who think that are women I really like the idea that a woman s vagina and brain are one We men have been accused of thinking with our little heads for centuries so it refreshing to see a feminist make such a claim for women and their vaginas I also like the idea that my wife is a goddess and her yoni is sacred and by appealing to her goddess array and engaging in deeply penetrative coitus I can send her galloping off on a magical unicorn of orgasm across a technicolor rainbow of pheromones from my arm pits and a love potion number 9 of feel good hormones and neurotransmitters absorbed from my semen This is all good stuff and I loved reading about it and yes I am exaggerating but only slightly what Wolf has said in the book But I can also understand where many women may not uite like the idea that their thinking is so strongly colored by their vaginas or that they need a man to help them see in technicolor I also think the Wolf is getting worked over with some past due karmic debts from some feministsI saw numerous references to Julian Assange in many negative reviews While I consider myself a pro feminist supporter I am in no way familiar with the nuances and politics within the movement but I definitely get the feeling that Wolf has stepped on a few toes in the past and her book is something of a pair of combat boots in a ballet Much of what I read in Vagina I already knew I have an interest in sex like some people have in astronomy However there was for me one piece of valuable information that I never realized before The female pelvic innervation is not only far complex than I understood but also subject to a lot of variation from woman to woman This explains the mystery of vaginal orgasms verses clitoral orgasms As I have long suspected Freud s claims of a woman s maturity determining the type of orgasm she experiences is bullshit If a woman lacks the nerve connections for deep vaginal orgasms then she will experience clitoral orgasm maturity has nothing to do with it For me this was worth the price of the book Another fascinating bit of knowledge for me was that although I knew nipple stimulation causes oxytocin to be released I did not know that nipple stimulation is actually used in natural child birth procedures to initiate labor contractions It amazes me that nipple stimulation would have this kind of power Wolf provides some cautions that a woman may want to be choosy about whom she gives access to her bra especially near the end of her pregnancy Oxytocin is a bonding hormone Helen Fisher has offered much the same advice regarding whom one sleeps with Some of the reviews I read took Wolf to task regarding the uality of her research I suppose one could ask to what standard does one hold such a book It is what I would consider a popularization not a scientific document She provides extensive footnotes and to be honest I saw very little that would give me pause although bear in mind I am a hobbyist not an expert She did rely a good bit on anecdotal evidence but I also believe that she adeuately identified what was valid research and what was anecdotal That said there was one area of concern for me regarding research that cast a wider shadow on the entire enterprise She uotes Marnia Robinson in several places and calls her a dopamine researcher Marnia Robinson is an author not a scientist She promotes a type of non orgasmic sex called karezza and in my opinion gets a bit hysterical about orgasms Yes I am not a fan of Robinson although I think she means well What Wolf uoted about dopamine was not out of context but still uoting Robinson in an extremely pro orgasmic book struck me like having Rush Limbaugh deliver the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention Robinson the last I knew was not about to say anything good about an orgasm so her appearance in Wolf s book was a bit curious and would suggest a hurried effort at research I did a uick internet search and found nothing from Robinson refuting Wolf s book It sort of struck me that a pissing contest is being avoided Although I will emphasize it was a uick search Another area of concern I think Wolf seemed to go a bit overboard with her reactions to negative references to the vagina I agree entirely that women should not be subjected to obscene language and that men should not only refrain from using such terms but to not think of women in such terms However as we all know such terminology exists and is widely used by the Neanderthals among us So how does one handle it During my working life I had been called various things of the four lettered persuasions some involving maternal sex and fellatio the first technically true the latter not If I were to take such things to heart I would have had to uit working at a very tender age So I regarded Wolf s claim of six months of writer s blocks over an ignorant reference to pasta vulvas a bit over the top It brought to mind something my mother said about the histrionics my cousin inflicted on the world when she was in high school A good six inches of hard manhood delivered fast and furiously would straighten that girl right out Hmmm what to do Naomi was already having technicolored orgasms with her man so what the hell does one do now regarding such histrionics Unfortunately my late mother is no longer available for comment I will say though that Wolf s point should be taken and understood by men This woman is the love of your life don t treat her or her vagina with disrespect and expect her to fly off to Oz in your arms If men spent as much time polishing their relationships with the women they love as polishing the fenders of their Dodge Ram pickups the world would be a far better place Like I say I immensely enjoyed this book and found myself in agreement with most of what she said I do think that Wolf tended to overstate her case Does the vagina affect a woman s thoughts and is it affected by thoughts I think so I believe that there is a definite brain genital connection in both women and men ust like there is a definite brain gut connection Ever get butterflies in your stomach before giving a speech Has a dose of intestinal flu affected your thoughts Does this mean that women are incapable of being a CEO because their vaginas might take offense to a certain product line or corporate deal Absolutely not Can women experience the world in technicolor after having the right type of orgasm Well let me put it to you this way my own orgasms are paltry affairsputt putt putt and I am done Yeah it feels good but I can t say that I am particularly changed by the event But when my wife has an orgasm she flies off and circles the rings Saturn and she carries me along with her I see technicolor after one of my wife s orgasms so if it affects me like that I can only guess what it does for her So no I don t think Wolf is exaggerating I am being entirely honest here my wife s orgasms are far enjoyable for me than mine are So yep I think a woman can ride down the yellow brick road on the back of a magical unicorn named Orgasm and head off to Oz while pink and purple stardust emanates from her yoni that will take her man to the far reaches of the finite universe and give him a glimpse of the Infinite Are women goddesses Indeed but it is that flakey part of me that has been off to Oz with my wife that believes that I have to admit I would have been happier if Wolf could have found some less moonbeamish language to describe this phenomenon But I also have to admit having been there with my wifeshe is indeed a goddess So is this a silly book Not for me I have experienced some of the things that Wolf claims Human beings have a remarkable capacity for intellect However we are the total sums of our evolution Our intellect has been created in an evolutionary blink of the eye compared to our sexuality When we try to intellectualize our sexuality we run into some powerful forces I think what Wolf was getting in this book was that we are still subject to the animal forces of our genes and we ignore them at our peril Here are two reviews that sum up the problems and the strengths of the bookHuffington Post Naomi Wolf s Vagina Gets More Public Criticism And Faint Praise Than Any Vagina We Know Of by Nina Bahadurhttpwwwhuffingtonpostcom201209 Huffington Post Who s Afraid of the Vagina Brain Connection by James G Pfaushttpwwwhuffingtonpostcomjames g EDIT 1 4 2013 Re reading this review with a little passage of time I realized I forgot to mention that another thing that I really liked about this book was the chapter on how to appeal to a woman s goddess array Chapter 14 Radical Pleasure Radical Awakening The Vagina as a Liberator Again I find the moonbeam terminology unfortunate but the pearls of wisdom she provides should be a mandatory class in high school for all males with refresher courses offered periodically In essence the chapter states don t take your woman for granted treat her like you did when you were trying to impress her respect her help her and love her All seems to be common sense yet look at how many men treat their wives like an appliance a dinner machine and a sex machine We can do better guys and Wolf tells you how in one chapter Yeah be a wussie and buy her flowers and take her to dinner Gaze in her eyes spend time with her touch her and treat her like you love her and hang on to your hat the next time you ump into bed Ladies if you have a inattentive partner cast pearls before swine Make him read chapter 14 The other thing I like about this chapter was that she went into a bit of the bio chemistry of sex We try to rationalize sex with our advanced cerebral cortex but sex operates at far deeper and older sections of our minds Why are condoms so unsatisfying for an committed long term monogamous relationship Could it be that by using a condom the biochemical communications is blocked the only part of our brains that realize that we had sex is on cerebral cortex The older down in the swamp sections of our brains saw no chemical messages absorbed by the genitals from the partner so was there any sex If you are in love An astonishing work of cutting edge science and cultural history that radically reframes how we understand the vagina and conseuently how we understand women from one of our most respected cultural critics and thinkers Naomi Wolf author of the modern classic The Beauty MythWhen an unexpected medical crisis sends Naomi Wolf on a deeply personal ourney to tease out the intersections between sexuality and creativity she discovers much to her own astonishment an increasing body of scientific evidence that suggests that the vagina is not merely flesh but an intrinsic component of the female brain and thus has a fundamental connection to female consciousness itselfUtt.

Nd you are monogamous with absolute fidelity in my mind condoms are destructive to your relationship Note the strong emphasis on monogamous fidelity you are a complete idiot to not use condoms and dental dams in a non monogamous relationships Wolf hints at some of this complexity in this chapter but she only speaks in terms of female receptivity to male chemistry I think it is very much a two way street males are chemically receptive to female chemistry and genitally and orally absorb female biochemistry from vaginal fluids In my mind this is the real communication during sex and the reason that I fly off to Oz with my wife s orgasms Loving monogamous couples should not block it with a layer of latex I also think it is good reason for men to take their time and stick around No need to hurry off You can only absorb this good stuff when you are in contact with it The biochemical communication during sex and its impact on love is an area that I think reuires a lot research Wolf gives it honorable mention but I think as a society we know very little Sex is a chemical wonder It is the attractant that get us together the adhesive the holds us together and the oil that lubricates a good working relationship or marriage Don t we as a society owe it to ourselves and our children to understand this process as much as possible Why does the author feel the need to write a book about the vagina Because as many as 30% of western women report that they get little pleasure from making love Because bad sex is linked to depressionA lot of my readers who are in their twenties their first concern is about porn addictionPornography has speeded up sex so there is a lot less foreplay kissing or going to second or third base The desensitisation of the brain s response to porn is not good for intimacy This book was like tearing the scab off a freshly healed wound It s been so long since I ve had to deal with the shittiness that is evolutionary psychology and then Naomi Wolf comes along and reminds me of ust how terrible it is all over againWell let s do thisVagina A New Biography is Wolf s syncretism of Eastern teachings about sex particularly Tantra with Western medicine with a particular focus on the way women in the West regard their vagina It s the fifth book in the Banging Book Club an awesome monthly reads group about sex and sexuality run by Hannah Witton Lucy Moon and Leena Norms I have enjoyed all of the previous club reads to one extent or another but I don t think I can say that about Vagina What starts as a promising book about women s relationships with their vaginas kind of like a scientific look at the same ideas explored from an emotional angle in The Vagina Monologues eventually turns into a poor mash up of biological determinism and evolutionary psychology Here s how Vagina went from good to boring to bad to worseI was actually very excited to read Vagina for so many reasons I was aware that Wolf has been a source or topic of controversy in recent years but I had genuinely appreciated The Beauty Myth and will stand by the idea that it s a seminal work of feminist scholarship I was also looking forward to learning about vaginas because I don t have one and men don t really learn enough about them in school I m always interested in learning about perspectives that are by dint of circumstance inaccessible to me It was with some exhilaration that I proudly read this book in public during my flights home from a work trip as well as in the airport lounge on the layover I wanted people to see a man reading a book called Vagina and if it led to any genuine conversations if I could help people see that there is value in deconstructing stereotypes about gender and what is appropriate knowledge for our genders then cool Indeed my seatmate on my last flight actually asked me about the book after we had already struck up a general conversation However at that point I was only a few chapters in and the book was still good and interesting so I was much positive about it than I feel nowPerhaps Vagina is so promising because of its context Wolf opens with a lengthy anecdote about a reduction in sensation felt as a result of pelvic nerve damage something she eventually fixes thanks to medical consultations and surgery She expresses her amazement that if she hadn t linked the disappearance of her rosy afterglows with a physical ailment she might not have discovered the problem at all During this period she learned about how the vagina is connected to the brain and it apparently awoke a deeper curiosity in her Hence a biographical look at vaginas I guess And I was totally on board because as The Vagina Monologues asserted a decade before this book our society has a hang up on vaginas They are a taboo subject yet beneath the surface so many of us brim with intense curiosity and fascination And I agree with Wolf that women have too long have been made to feel dirty or ashamed and that many of the modern standards of beauty tell women that their natural vaginas are bad and need to be perfumed made up even altered to become acceptableAlthough initially unsettled by the title of Part 1 Does the Vagina Have a Consciousness and its implications of far too much mysticism for my taste Wolf s zealous commitment to scientific language and citing research won me over I was learning things about female physiology that I hadn t known And Wolf explores many of the physical explanations for why many women have difficulty achieving orgasm as expeditiously as men This whole idea of course is hugely parodied and constantly referenced in our comedy men In The Name of God just want uickies women need candlelit dinners and flowers and commitment and then there s some kind of punchline that is almost certainly misogynistic and sometimes also emasculating We re socialized to see women s needs as unimportant at best and weak or repugnant at worst without ever really stopping to ask why So I approve of Wolf attempting to uncover some of the science behind these differencesAlas even in this first part there are moments when I had to pause and blink and maybe do a double take Wolf likes to make a lot of generalizations particularly when it comes to findings about hormone levels She begins to mix science with anecdotesI experienced some of the thoughts of the uterus myself In 2000 I wrote about how oxytocin had made me gentler conflict averse and basically nicer when I was pregnant My uterus was doing some of my thinking for me in spite of my will and mediating my consciously autonomous consciously assertive feminist brainNow let s be clear I have nothing against anecdotes Interesting stories are the life blood of non fiction What s problematic here is the way Wolf seems to accord anecdotal evidence the same level of privilege as scientific evidence She constantly mentions hundreds of responses she receives from people in response to articles she has written as if this correspondence should have the same weight as lab studiesIt s very easy to do bad science Last Week Tonight with John Oliver very recently did a whole bit on this So a science writer has a duty to her readers to distinguish between reliable and potentially unreliable or flawed studiesWolf doesn t do this She relies a great deal on studies on rats and uses them to draw conclusions about human sexual behaviour and yeah we do tend to study rat brains and then draw conclusions about human brains but at no point does Wolf stop and remind us that hey rats are not humans and maybe there is going on here At one time she cites a study that had nineteen participants without mentioning anything about the possibility of small sample size biasWorse still Wolf compounds her habit of mixing science and anecdotesI conducted informal interviews with groups of women with whom I met both in person and online I told them about the possible effects of semen and then I asked them to remember back to a relationship in which they had at first religiously used condoms and then had stopped using condoms Same guy same sexual style same scent any differenceI saw looks of shocked recognition cross my interviewees faces Totally different said Julia a graphic designerEmphasis mineWhat No Do not do this Telling people about the effect you want to measure is called confirmation bias and it is a huge no no Entire scientific protocols are designed to avoid this very serious problem Further asking people to remember back is fraught with problems our memories are so very fallible Taken together it should not be surprising that Wolf got the reaction she did It s like telling people most robberies are committed by shifty guys in ball caps right before you ask them if a shifty guy in a ball cap was lurking outside aewellery store that was robbed Chances are they will remember the guy vividly even if he didn t existThis is is also possibly a case of spurious correlation if the couples had progressed to a point in the relationship where the condoms came off it s likely there were other factors that made the relationship good and that could very well be the cause of the better sexWolf goes on to sayBut I do think it is important to understand what may happen to the female mind when we do take in semen When a man comes in a woman s mouth she may feel energized when he comes in her vagina it can boost her tenderness and if Meston and Buss are right help elevate her moodSeriouslyNaomi Wolf is seriously telling women that semen has brain altering properties and they should get themselves of it In their vaginas In their mouths Just all the semen EverywhereLook it is possible that Wolf is right and semen does have such properties But because of the way she presents these ideas by conflating possibly unreliable scientific studies with anecdotal and unuestionably flawed stories we cannot responsibly accept her conclusion So I m not saying she s wrong about semen or about Tantra or about vaginal pulses I m ust saying that her writing undermines the credibility of her explanations This is not a scientific book it is a heavily opinionated book masuerading as scientific and that is something else entirelyThat whole semen thing comes from the last chapter in which Wolf dispenses advice for how to pay attention to a woman s sexual needs Some of it is cringe worthy while some of it is sweet and sensible and probably worth remembering Unfortunately Wolf presents this advice as a kind of lessons learned from all this scientific research and I have to take issue with that Science is great at explaining how things work but it is not a great tool for deciding why we should do things I hate evolutionary psychology so much partly because it is so difficult to distinguish between biological and Erly enthralling and totally fascinating Vagina A New Biography draws on this set of insights about the mind vagina connection to reveal new information about what women really need and considers what a sexual relationship and a relationship to the self transformed by these insights could look likeExhilarating and groundbreaking Vagina A New Biography combines rigorous science explained for lay readers with cultural history and deeply personal considerations of the role of female desire in female identity creativity and confidence from interviewees of all walks of life Heralded by Publishers Weekly as one of the best science books of the year it is a provocative.

Naomi Wolf is the author of seven books including the New York Times bestsellers The Beauty Myth The End of America and Give Me Liberty She has toured the world speaking to audiences of all walks of life about gender euality social justice and most recently the defense of liberty in America and internationally She is the cofounder of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership which te