by Rebecca Chalker
Seven Stories Press, 2000
Review by Susan Wingate on Oct 16th 2001
"Dismissed and misunderstood for hundred of years, the clitoris
is the one part of the female body whose sole purpose is pleasure."
Included in this book is anatomical precise drawings and the knowledge
of how extensive this organ system is. This book is about reviving
awareness and teaching women to reclaim and honor their bodies,
to include all the hidden wonders "right at their fingertips".
This book also offers a variety of stories from personal perspectives
about how to educate yourself and your partner, lover, husband
about your own body. Giving guidelines for self-exams, how to
learn techniques to find pleasure and how to teach your mate to
be a better lover are only a few of the topics covered in this
book. Female physiology, as it pertains to female sexuality, is
presented in the simplest of terms. A plethora of questions are
answered about orgasms, masturbation, female ejaculation, to name
Finally! What a very refreshing and powerful book of information!
The author presents a very candid look, both literally and figuratively,
of the female anatomy. The focus, being the clitoris of course.
Following treads through time, Ms. Chalker paints a very stunning
and shocking historical prospective of how women were conditioned
to negate not only the sexual aspects of themselves but also ignore
their right to want or expect sexual pleasure. The material presented
historically was quite an eye opener
not because of how
it was presented, from the well known patriarchal posture known
in the Renaissance era, but from women that bought into and embraced
those same views, about themselves.
This book could easily find its way into the Self-Help, Women's
Studies, Medical, Sexuality, and Philosophy sections, to name
a few, of any library or bookstore. It is amazing how such a detailed,
in-depth look at a woman's clitoris could be so versatile in its
presentation. This book is very "user friendly". Men
as well as women would benefit greatly in reading this book. This
material would be an excellent health curriculum for grade schools.
I would highly recommend this book to all audiences. I would especially
recommend it to anyone feeling shy or timid about the female body.
Women have been given a wonder gift in the pages of this book.
In this day and age of awareness and consciousness raising, women
waking up to who they are and what they are about, this book would
be a great roadmap in learning about female sexuality.
A personal thank you to the author in the time and energy put
into such a wonderful and sorely needed source of information.
© 2001 Susan Wingate
Susan Wingate is
currently working in personnel management at the University of
North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has worked for
twelve years as a chemical dependency counselor for adolescents,
as well as having worked with survivors of domestic violence and
sexual abuse. Her passion is to be a vehicle for creating awareness
for self and others.
This review first appeared online Sept 1, 2001