The Story of V: A Natural History of Female Sexuality

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Rutgers University Press, 2003 - Health & Fitness - 322 pages
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It is the seat of female sexual pleasure, the site of the creation of humankind, and the channel for its birth. It is also a potent arouser of sexuality. Yet why is it that we know less about the vagina--its structure and function--than we do about any other organ of the human body?

The Story of V
explores how female genitalia have been and continue to be conceived and misconceived. A new look is long overdue. More than two millennia of misinformation has resulted in a Western culture where we refrain from mentioning or showing the vagina; where this organ, when seen publicly, is most commonly viewed as pornographic; and where, of all the organs of the human body, the vagina remains the most clouded in mystery, myth, and biased, out-dated beliefs.

In the past, medicine may have misrepresented female sexual anatomy, reducing its remarkable complexities to the notion of a passive vessel, but, as this book shows, science is at last beginning to reveal the true structure and function of female genitalia and the dynamic nature of the vagina's role in both sexual pleasure and reproduction. The result is nothing less than a vaginal revolution.

With a wide-ranging perspective that takes in prehistoric art, ancient history, linguistics, mythology and folklore, evolutionary theory, reproductive biology and medicine, Catherine Blackledge unveils the hidden marvels of the female form.



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An extraordinary work of scholarship. Revealing new and untold aspects of human sexuality. Highly recommended for any curious/serious reader of msnkind's most essential power. She writes wonderfully. Material is well researched organized and presented. Am buying copies to share with friends. Great book! Great reading!! 

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This is an absolutely remarkable book, incredibly well researched and a fascinating herstory of the vagina, taking the reader all over the world to look at depictions of the vagina (and its many uses) via art, achitecture, even war as well as the simple act of making love. Once begun it is unputdownable and a very empowering read for any woman. 


List of Illustrations IX
Introduction 1
1 The Origin of the World
2 Femalia 57
5 Opening Pandoras Box 165
Further Reading
Index 309

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Blackledge worked as a science and medical journalist after receiving a science degree and Ph.D.

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