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Promiscuities : the secret struggle for womanhood

Author: Naomi Wolf
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Promiscuities follows a group of adolescent girls as they gradually become aware of themselves as sexual beings and discover what our culture tells them being female means. Drawing on her own experiences as well those of her contemporaries, Naomi Wolf reveals the secrets of our coming of age: the sexual games, forbidden crushes, losses of virginity, and rites of initiation. She also uncompromisingly examines the
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wolf, Naomi.
Promiscuities.
New York : Random House, ©1997
(OCoLC)654147521
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Naomi Wolf
ISBN: 067941603X 9780679416036
OCLC Number: 36225757
Description: xxx, 286 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: First Person Sexual --
1. The Time and the Place: 1968-1971 --
2. The Facts of Life --
3. Activity into Passivity: Blanking Out --
4. Free Flight to House Arrest: Slowing Down --
5. Nakedness: Pride and Shame --
6. Girlfriends --
7. Sluts --
8. First Base: Hierarchy --
9. Second Base: Love and Control --
10. Crash Course: Their Bodies --
11. Third Base: Identity --
12. Fourth Base: How to Make a Woman --
13. Skipped Homework: Our Bodies --
14. More Skipped Homework: Our Pleasure --
15. Babies --
16. Cheap or Precious? --
17. Adults --
18. A Virus --
19. An Hypocrisy --
20. The Technically White Dress --
21. The Time and the Place: 1996.
Responsibility: Naomi Wolf.
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Promiscuities follows a group of adolescent girls as they gradually become aware of themselves as sexual beings and discover what our culture tells them being female means. Drawing on her own experiences as well those of her contemporaries, Naomi Wolf reveals the secrets of our coming of age: the sexual games, forbidden crushes, losses of virginity, and rites of initiation. She also uncompromisingly examines the darker territories of abortion, the influences of the sex industry, and sexual violence that underlie contemporary girl's struggle for womanhood. By bringing into light our relationship to the "shadow slut" that conditions our sexual development, Promiscuities explores how the sexual experiences of the adolescent years determine women's sense of their own value as adults, and envisions how we could better guide girls through the "normatively shocking" landscape they now inhabit.

Finally, Wolf looks at the popular culture of the recent past, as well as at the history and mythology of female desire, to show how our "liberated" culture still fears and distorts female passion. Bold and candid, funny and revelatory, Wolf's stories illustrate the fear and excitement, the fantasies and sometimes crippling realities, that make up a young contemporary woman's journey of erotic and emotional discovery.

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