"The Clitoral Truth:
World at Your Fingertips"
illustrations by Fish
What female body part is the size of a fingertip, has over 6,000
nerve fibers, is the key to women's sexual pleasure, and has managed to elude
countless female anatomy books?Answer: The Clitoris.
With over 6,000
nerve fibers concentrated into a radius the size of a fingertip, the clitoris
is the one body part whose sole purpose is pleasure. Despite this fact, the clitoris
has been dismissed, undervalued, unexplored, and misunderstood for hundreds of
years. But the truth is out there, and internationally celebrated sex educator
Rebecca Chalker has found it. In her new book, The Clitoral Truth, Chalker offers
the only mainstream, in-depth exploration devoted solely to women's genital anatomy
and sexual response. Her highly informative tour of the clitoris reads with the
exuberance, clarity and accessibility of a sexuality workshop, and readers everywhere-be
they straight, gay or bisexual-will learn about the countless sexual sensations
it can bring, and discover how to enhance their sexual response in a more concrete
way than ever before.
The Clitoral Truth also examines the ways in which
women are enhancing their sexual response through masturbation, the use of sex
toys, videos, books, workshops, individual coaching sessions, and the Internet.
For over 2,500 years, the clitoris and the penis were presumed to be equivalent
in all respects. After the 18th century, however, this knowledge was gradually
suppressed and forgotten, and the definition of the clitoris as an extensive organ
system all but disappeared. During Chalker's tenure as a member of the Federation
of Feminist Women's Health Centers, the group helped to further the study of the
clitoris with unprecedented anatomic precision. The Clitoral Truth investigates
every nook and cranny of this magnificent organ to see how its many parts work
together to produce orgasms.
The Clitoral Truth also delves into the feminist
and sexologist controversy over female ejaculation and surveys the numerous ways
that women have begun to transform the deeply entrenched male-centered model of
sexuality to redefine their sexuality to emphasize full-body pleasure. Enhanced
with personal accounts, comprehensive illustrations, and a thorough appendix of
female sexuality resources, this book helps women and their partners understand
and expand their sexual potential and work toward becoming independent sexual
Rebecca Chalker is an internationally renowned women's
health writer and activist. Her books include The Complete Cervical Cap Guide,
Overcoming Bladder Disorders, and A Woman's
Book of Choices: Abortion, Menstrual Extraction, RU-486. She edited A
New View of A Woman's Body and How to Stay Out of the Gynecologist's
Office. She has published articles for Ms., The Village Voice, and Self, among
other magazines and academic journals, and often lectures on women's health and
sexuality issues. Chalker lives in New York City and is frequently interviewed.
These Times - Book Review - Nov. 27, 2000
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January 13, 2011
Feminist Women's Health Center