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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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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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  • SydSavvy
  • PARIS, TX, United States
  • 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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Life Changing

Wow. I can’t believe it took me so long to come across this book. The information compiled here has changed my perception of womanhood and validated aspects of my sexual and sensual self that I had previously misunderstood. I bookmarked so many parts that I decided I need to get a hard copy as well to re read it. I believe every woman, and man who loves a woman needs to read this book to fill in the deep cultural gaps in knowledge and understanding we posses regarding the female body and experience. Do yourself a huge favor and read this book. You will be blown away.

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Everyone needs to read this book!!

This is one of the best books I've read on this topic! I highly recommend it for both men and women. A friend of mine and I are think about having on-going book clubs around this book; we think the material/information in it is that important.

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  • Alisa
  • Amelia, OH, United States
  • 12-11-12

Fantastic read!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A nice mix of the authors personal experience, with science and advice, should be required reading for all females and males!

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If you have a vagina or love someone with a vagina than this knowledge is for you.

This book is smart, sweet, sassy and the content is live changing. Knowing more about my neural pathways, my SNS, ANS, I could go on and on but frankly it comes down to having a better understanding of myself. It has enlightened me and sent me into a deep appreciation for myself that has been chipped away at in a relentless manor during my short 25 years. I am thankful for these words, this author and all of the research that she had to pull from! Bravo!

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Great Vagina (Book)

I really liked the narrative use of intertwining history and medical science to tell the story.
Goes off the rails a bit when attempting spiritual contemplation and meaning about the titular organ.

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This is an amazingly told history and biology of women, empowering us to understand our deepest selves and change the world.

This is an amazingly told history and biology of women, empowering us to understand our deepest selves and change the world. Every woman deserves know how the vagina is connected to her brain,her creativity, her and empowerment. Every man who cares about any woman should read this book and take in the ways he can support the power women have to improve her own and his life. It's not a relationship manual, but the knowledge is something I wish we would have known in past relationships. Well written and scientifically based- I will listen again and again until I have it in my being.

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An MUST read to eliminate a tragic blind spot

I discovered how thoroughly we have disregarded a critically important dimension of our lives... of our humanity: our sexuality.

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A must read/listen for all women and men.

Would you listen to Vagina again? Why?

I will definitely listen and read Vagina again. It is packed with information, advice and knowledge that I would like to internalize and act upon. Some sections made me feel ashamed and was tough to listen to. Other section gave me hope and guidance in how to treat women.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The vagina and all women are my favorite characters. Everything women had to go through under patriarchy raised all women in my estimation. I know some of the things Wolf said are biased and over emphasized but the truth shines through. The vagina is the center of the Universe, the goddess within and if all threat her with the respect she deserves, all wars and bickering will stop. Jealousy will cease to raise its ugly head and domestic violence will be a thing of the past.

What does Therese Plummer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Therese Plummer's reading of the text made it real for me. Her nuances in the narration was excellent and she brought everything to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I am grateful to have listened to this book. It was life changing and I want to urge everyone to listen or read this important book. But be careful, you're in danger to have a paradigm shift if your mind is open enough.

Any additional comments?

Naomi Wolf, thank you your research and writing this book.

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  • Susan
  • 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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  • susie-pu
  • 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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  • Rix Pyke
  • 08-23-18

For everyone

Everyone should listen to this book, there would be a lot more happy couples in the world!

The narration was wonderful and brought it to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-18

A male who has been blinded by western culture growing up, can now see the true glory of the yoni.

Thank you Naomi. A life changing celebration. A must read for every human (male or female)!

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  • Stephanie Willing
  • 11-22-17

The brilliant narration does not save this book

The narrator does an excellent job with this book, but the material is weak, boring pseudoscience, and no narration can redeem that.

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  • Paige
  • 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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  • Donna Wild
  • 08-03-18

Fantastically enlightening!

Could have gone with out the beastiality on the poor rats but besides that it’s a fantastic book! Essential reading.

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  • Kim
  • 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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  • Erzulie
  • 03-19-18

brilliant

loved it. loved narrator well written and researched. all girls and boys should read this

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  • Amelia M Sawtell
  • 11-05-17

Every Man and Woman in the world needs to listen

Absolutely fantastic book. Interesting and engaging! Exceptionally well read. Every Man and Woman in the world needs to listen to this book! Incredible clarity and healing will follow!