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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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  • Susan
  • El Beal, Spain
  • 24-12-12

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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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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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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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  • Alisa
  • 11-12-12

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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  • SydSavvy
  • 09-03-14

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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  • punkrockmomma
  • 11-12-15

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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  • Katherine Price
  • 26-10-15

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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  • E. McCarthy
  • 06-01-15

Informative but different

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

Maybe, It was informative as a woman but I didn't find it so compelling to recommend it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

YES! I thought this narrator was a bad choice

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  • Naas Ferreira
  • 20-10-14

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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  • jennifer
  • 08-05-13

Grab a sifter!

What did you like best about Vagina? What did you like least?

I was at first embarrassed to listen to this book, but was quickly reassured with facts I had never known. I found myself seperating the facts from some extreme feminist opinions sprinkled here and there but maybe thats just me. Over all a truthful, beautiful, and real history of the vagina.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have kept it more historical and scientific as it is in the beginning, and omitted the author's extreme feminist views and opinions.

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

She brings to this book a health issue I was unaware of and a breakdown of nerves in the vagina and how they attach to the spine and several other facts and scientific findings I found very amazing.

Was Vagina worth the listening time?

I listened to it the entire way through.

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  • celestestarburst
  • 11-02-18

Very powerful & informative

This book goes into every aspect of the vagina: the psychological and social psychology over time, physical dynamic as it relates to pleasure, creativity and the mind-body connection ... plus so much more.

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  • alyssa
  • 20-01-18

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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  • KR
  • 23-11-17

A must read

Very well done and a great listen. Tremendously educational. This book confirmed so many things for me. Everyone should read this book.