Vagina : A New Biography by Naomi Wolf (free download), An astonishing new work that radically changes how we think about, talk about and understand the vagina – and consequently how we think about women and sexuality – from Naomi Wolf, one of our most respected cultural critics and author of the modern classic, The Beauty Myth.
Vagina: A New Biography combines cutting-edge science with cultural history to explore the role of female desire and how it affects female identity, creativity and confidence. Provocative and engaging, positive and inspiring, this book brings to light female impulses, history and dreams – and, in exploring what women really need – it goes to the very core of what it means to be female.
For any woman who wants to understand her body and her mind and the culture that defines her – Vagina is essential reading.
Writing with her signature blend of poetry and polemics, Naomi Wolf delivers a fiercely courageous portrait of female sexuality in the twenty-first century. As usual, Wolf writes what others are afraid to say. — Susan Cain, author of New York Times bestseller QUIET Part memoir, part cultural history and part scientific journey around women’s sexuality, the best elements of which illuminate how little women generally know about their own anatomy — Emma Brockes * Guardian * Worth respecting, even celebrating . . . there is [here] a very intriguing thesis about love . . . If you are one of those School of Cosmo feminists who has been arguing for decades that women should be more like men sexually . . . then Wolf’s take is genuinely revolutionary — Sarah Vine * The Times * Wolf’s tome could not be better timed . . . at a time when Western women’s bodies have never been more highly politicised, the one person who might be able to shine a ray of light . . . has to be Wolf. Perhaps this history will do for 21st century activism what The Beauty Myth did for 1990s feminists . . . Wolf is exploring territory we haven’t heard about since Germaine Greer in the 1970 — Viv Groskop * Independent on Sunday * Naomi Wolf has tried hard to look at female sexuality as it really is, not as pop culture or political correctness would like it to be . . . The science of female arousal is complex and woefully neglected, and Wolf has done us all a favour by trying to drag it into the mainstream — Jemima Lewis * Mail on Sunday *.
Naomi Wolf conpleted a DPhil in English Literature from the University of Oxford in 2015. She taught Victorian Studies as a Visiting Professor at SUNY Stony Brook, received a Barnard College Research Fellowship at the Center for Women and Gender, was recipient of a Rothermere American Institute Research Fellowship for her work on John Addington Symonds at the University of Oxford, and taught advocacy literature at George Washington University as a visiting lecturer. She’s lectured widely on the themes in Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalization of Love, presenting lectures on Symonds and the themes in Outrages at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, at Balliol College, Oxford, and to the undergraduates in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford. She lectured about Symonds and Outrages for the first LGBTQ Colloquium at Rhodes House. Dr Wolf was a Rhodes Scholar and a Yale graduate. She’s written eight non-fiction bestsellers about women’s issues and civil liberties, and is the CEO of DailyClout.io, a news site and legislative database in which US state and Federal legislation is shared digitally and read and explained weekly. She holds an honorary degree from Sweet Briar College. She and her family live in New York City.