Promiscuities (Hardcover)

By Naomi Wolf, D. Ed. Wolf

Random House, 9780679416036, 286pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 1997

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (7/21/1998)
Paperback (3/1/1998)

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In Promiscuities, Naomi Wolf speaks to a subject that, until now, has been considered taboo: an adolescent woman's sexual coming of age. By openly discussing her own experiences and those of the girls she grew up with, and by evaluating the popular culture, mythology, scientific research, and history that have created the current definition of womanhood, Wolf asks, What is the nature of women's desire and pleasure? How has it manifested itself, and even flourished, in other times and cultures? Is the version of female sexuality we see today really the pinnacle of freedom? Or is it merely the latest (and not even the most libertine) set of conventions? And, most important, how do girls learn from their own culture what it means to "become a woman" through what happens to them sexually?

This is Naomi Wolf's bravest, best-written, most thoroughly argued, and most important book to date. It is an exceptionally frank sexual memoir of an individual and a generation and a call to women not only to claim, but to celebrate their own sexual experiences, desires, and histories.