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Publisher's Summary

An astonishing work of cutting-edge science and cultural history that radically reframes how we understand the vagina - and consequently, how we understand women - from one of our most respected cultural critics and thinkers, Naomi Wolf, author of the modern classic The Beauty Myth.
When an unexpected medical crisis sends Naomi Wolf on a deeply personal journey 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 itself.
Utterly 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 like.
Exhilarating and groundbreaking, Vagina: A New Biography combines rigorous science, explained for lay listeners, 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 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 conversation.
A 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 classics.
©2012 Naomi Wolf (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Buretto on 06-21-18

A respected, fulfilled woman is a bounty for all

I really enjoyed this book. I especially respected the fact that the author came right out and stated what the book would be, and what it wouldn't be. Clearly stating her intent gives the reader/listener a comfort level to recognize that there are a myriad of tangents to be discussed, from feminist and conservative viewpoints, but necessarily in other books. This is about the core of the psyche of, primarily, heterosexual woman and the physiological roots of a woman's fulfilment. It's not about men's sexuality (save for how men can best support the women they love in their quest for happiness), nor is it about homosexual or bisexual women (mostly), as those topics go far afield enough to deserve other, unique treatments. Well conceived and well executed.

As mentioned earlier, I found the physiological and anatomical information quite revealing, and gave me new insight to the women I have known and loved. I consider myself a fairly progressive male, particularly in gender issues, but I certainly have more to learn! Where the book goes slightly sideways for me is in the mystical and spiritual realms. Recognition of some basic truths of the sacred feminine does not entirely impart credibility on spiritual philosophies, eastern or otherwise. In addition, Ms. Wolf seems to have a few cultural blind spots, with regard to music and geography, but hardly enough to detract from the enjoyment of the book.

The narrator did a fine job, and gave reasonably good emotion when needed. A few unfortunate mispronunciations, but altogether an admirable job.

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5 out of 5 stars
By SydSavvy on 03-09-14

Think you already know it all? Think again!

I read this after having the fortune of acting in the local production of Vagina Monologues. It is a completely different work and very informative, fast read. If you think you already know it all, think again. Read and learn my friends. Thank you Wolf!

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By Susan on 12-24-12

Vagina

This book is a must read for males and females. It is the key to the mysteries of life and in my opinion happiness. We surely need to open our minds to evidence already gathered from both scientists and people that have real life experience.

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5 out of 5 stars
By susie-pu on 11-10-14

EVERYONE SHOULD LISTEN TO THIS!

Would you listen to Vagina again? Why?

yes. it was full of so much information i want to make sure i didn't miss anything first time round.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

chapter 12 about porn. Such important information for all people who are interested in the happiness of their own sex lives.

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By Paige on 04-18-16

IF YOU HAVE A VAGINA

What made the experience of listening to Vagina the most enjoyable?

This is an incredible book. I you have a vagina you must read this book. to learn about how incredible intrigcate our vagina is and importance on our wellbeing.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kim on 06-10-18

A must-read for everyone who has a vagina

Completely fascinating and well researched. So much information about being and living as a woman in a woman's body. Finally a one stop shop that explains our many individual differences and the mindbodyspirit connection in feminine sexuality.

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