An Opinionated History of Female Desire
In this provocative and highly personal book, bestselling author Naomi Wolf explores a subject that has long been taboo in our society: women's sexual coming-of-age.
By following a group of four contemporary girls - including her younger self - as they come of age in the seventies, Wolf shows how our culture tries to shape and confine women's desire. Embarking on a voyage of discovery, she illustrates how flawed and prescribed are the notions of what women want, and how these change through the ages - from Taoist techniques for giving women pleasure, to Victorian repression, and the so-called liberated nineties.
Drawing on scholarly texts, secret diaries, real life and fantasy, she demonstrates that female sexuality is wilder, more demanding and more powerful than our culture dares to accept.
Praise for Promiscuities
Her book is a searing and thoroughly fascinating exploration of the complex wildlife of female sexuality and desire.New York Times
At last, a new generation of women writers is addressing the powerful issues of female sexuality. I gulped this wonderful book down in one sitting, like a novel. Brava Naomi Wolf for your courage, your intelligence, your lucid prose.Erica Jong
Refreshing... Highly evocative... Wolf does two important things very well: reminding readers her own age what it felt like to be a teenage girl, and providing a crash course on the wildly varying cultural meanings attached to female sexuality throughout historyThe Ottawa Citizen
Naomi Wolf [is] the best writer about women and sexuality that we haveToronto Sun
Fascinating... Wolf celebrates the ancient concept, heavily suppressed in the 20th century, that women are the more carnal sexVancouver Courier