5 / 5 Stars
A frank, ultra-unabashed exploration into female sexuality - with plenty of pointers!
Okay, so I'll come clean. I'm one of 'those' girls. You know, the ones who giggle nervously through sex ed class, blush at the mere mention of any 'naughty' word, and basically should have been born in the Victorian era.
However, this is very at odds with my feminist outlook, and my deep-seated belief that women should fully own their sexuality and be empowered by it. As such, I seized the chance to scoop up this book and start bringing my 'ooh matron' prudery into line with my forward-thinking attitudes.
What we have here is a book that talks frankly about sex - but I'm guessing you knew that already. It operates on a number of levels - providing advice and guidance on several different sexual topics (ranging from the serious and emotional, like rape; to to the light-hearted and playful!). There are also several fascinating interviews in there - with women, and people who identify as women. The author has no problem with discussing her own sexual experiences too, which she does in a refreshingly frank, down-to-earth way.
And that's really the good thing about this book; because as I was reading it and turning pink, I found myself questioning why I was pinkening (is this a word? It really should be) and how very silly it was that sexual matters are so taboo. Perhaps it's not so bad in the US, where the author is from, but my goodness in the UK, we all titter anxiously if anyone even hints at discussing their sex life, unless it's a very, very close friend. Ha!
So, hooray for August McLaughlin and her sexual revolution - let's hope she leads the way in challenging stereotyped, outdated notions about women's 'role' in bed, and in getting more women to own their sexuality. Right on!