- Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: New Ed (5. März 1998)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0099205912
- ISBN-13: 978-0099205913
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 1,8 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 14 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 554.061 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Promiscuities: An Opinionated History of Female Desire: A Secret History of Female Desire (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 5. März 1998
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Part memoir, part exposé, Promiscuities is Naomi Wolf's (author of The Beauty Myth and Fire with Fire) perspective on the confusion surrounding female sexuality. According to Wolf, promiscuous is "a word that holds within it the mixed message girls today are given about sex: 'You're promiscuous if you do anything, but you are a prude if you do nothing.'" Thus, still polarized on the spectrum between virgin and whore, adolescent girls are allowed little information and even fewer healthy outlets for their normal sexual desires. Wolf shatters the illusion that good girls and professional women are not sexual, and boldly embarks on redefining female sexuality outside of men's experience and assumptions. Wolf's own coming of age in the post-sexual revolution of Haight-Ashbury, serves as an evocative tool for revealing the naked and admirable truth of female sexuality. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.
"Her book is a searing and thoroughly fascinating exploration of the complex wildlife of female sexuality and desire." (New York Times)
"At last, a new generation of women writers is addressing the powerful issues of female sexuality. I gulped this wonderful book down in one sitting, like a novel. Brava Naomi Wolf for your courage, your intelligence, your lucid prose." (Erica Jong)
"Refreshing... Highly evocative... Wolf does two important things very well: reminding readers her own age what it felt like to be a teenage girl, and providing a crash course on the wildly varying cultural meanings attached to female sexuality throughout history" (The Ottawa Citizen)
"Naomi Wolf [is] the best writer about women and sexuality that we have" (Toronto Sun)
"Fascinating... Wolf celebrates the ancient concept, heavily suppressed in the 20th century, that women are the more carnal sex" (Vancouver Courier)
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Wolf's purported discussion of the sexual maturation in young women deals with little more than her own experience and that of her circle of friends. Which is also a shame, because a seriously written book on this topic would also be interesting.
But Wolf treds a painfully dull and over-hyped path with this book, which manages to hide her considerable intellect almost completely under trite melancholy reminisces. Utterly failing to provide any insight into adolescence's turbulence, Wolf laments her psuedo-tragic past and suggests ill-thought-out "solutions" for preventing such pain.
This autobiography is not really an autobiography at all, as it only covers a few years of her life, and doesn't delve into her psyche or experience at all, except with regard to her (huge) virgin/whore complex. It might be a very compelling book about her adult life as she struggles with her feminist beliefs and the backlash to "The Beauty Myth," but it's not. So if you are interested in Wolf as a thinker, you're out of luck.
But if you're interested in the complex social navigations of young women in our society and how those interactions have affected our culture's view of women, you're out of luck too. Any discussion about this issue is about as deep as a puddle.
The real shame of this is how much I like Naomi Wolf, and how much "The Beauty Myth" meant to me. And if one looks hard enough in this text, you may take something out of it. However, something went horribly wrong with this sophomoric, pseudo-intellectual book from a very smart author.
The book's flaw is the author's naivete about desire, carnality, and the dark side of human nature. She doesn't seem to appreciate the extent to which her she is a product of her place and time. San Francisco and California have always been exceptions and trend setters. A whole generation grew up there believing that sexual restraint and boundaries were merely manifestations of outdated "hang-ups". She fails to see that her life story gives the lie to her parents' academic idealism, and to the ideology underlying the sex education her grandmother advocated in the 50s. The author also does not seem to appreciate the extent to which her thinking and her emotions are products of her secular Jewish upbringing.
Wolf's generation has imperfectly relearned via bitter experience the wisdom of the ages, namely that human sexual urges are potentially destructive of health, happiness and sanity. That women and children need the protection of marriage and the criminal law. That adolescents should be shielded from deliberate sexual arousal. (She does see that erotica and sex toys should be marketed in ways that limit the ability of under 18s to encounter such stuff.) That girls must be protected from peer pressures to become sexual.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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Naomi Wolf, called "naive" and "sloppy" by middle aged reviewers, speaks to a younger audience in a voice that is frank and concise. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 28. Januar 2000 veröffentlicht
Wolf's book is a memoir, plain and simple. She can dress it up with social commentary (complete with the use of tired jargon like social "scripts") and she can fill... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 30. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
this is by far the most amazing book that i have ever read. everything wolf wrote about was so true for me, and for other women that i know. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 17. Februar 1999 veröffentlicht
I enjoyed "Promiscuities" so much that I found myself continually marking up pages and asterisking sections as they described situations I had lived through but could not... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 5. Februar 1999 von firstname.lastname@example.org
Being a man and reading this book I found it very informative into the woman's struggle. The auhtor hit many aspects in life and I believe that men should read this book too. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 15. Januar 1999 von email@example.com
I have to admit: It is a greatly enjoyable read for male readers. Its insight about womanhood is dynamic, frank and prominent. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 28. Dezember 1998 veröffentlicht
Naomi Wolf strikes home here with a book that will resonate with a lot of people, especially those born between 1960 and 1970 and raised on one of the coasts. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 7. Dezember 1998 von Shirley M Dulcey
I found this book very enlightening. I would like to better understand contemprary women, this book has strongly influenced my ideas and opinions.
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