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Women who love sex : an inquiry into the expanding spirit of women's erotic experience
Ogden, Gina.
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New and revised.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Womanspirit Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xv, 200 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
"The first edition of this book was published by PocketBooks"--Verso, t.p.
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HQ29 .O38 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This intelligent, readable book reframes conventional ideas about how women experience sexual relationship. With a foreword by the authors of Our Bodies Ourselves and an afterword on sexual messages in the media, this edition is suited of college and graduate classes as well as a wider readership. Based on original research with women whose stories inform each chapter, it questions male-centered definitions of sexual desire and performance. It proposes a new sexual response cycle that includes nurturing and intimacy along with physical stimulation. It offers inside views of sex research and therapy. It calls for social change honoring women's right to sexual pleasure.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

At least ``a few'' of the principal interviewees in this survey are ``composite women'' whose testimonies meld the words of clients whom Ogden, a marriage, family and sex therapist, has treated since the mid-1970s. Despite this lame device, which weakens credibility, her profiles of women who welcome sex as a life-enlarging experience, a source of energy and connectedness, add up to an affirmative, useful guide for both women and men, enriched by smart clinical insights. Ogden ( Sexual Recovery ) reports that more than half of the women interviewed experienced orgasm from stimulation by a lover of various areas--fingers, toes, lips, neck, earlobe, etc. For many, the pleasure of stimulating a partner was an important component of their own arousal and satisfaction. Ogden's respondents talk frankly about overcoming emotional hang-ups, sexual fulfillment and its meaning in their lives. Author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved