SEX IN THE COUNTRY: New Naomi Wolf Book Touts Vagina-Brain Connection

I think it’s so funny when authors extrapolate from their own personal experiences to make broad generalizations about the public, or in this case the pubic, at large. Naomi Wolf’s latest tome, Vagina: a New Biography, assumes that all women should lead by the vagina, or yoni as she affectionately calls it.  What does that mean?  Ask your yoni.

I don’t know about all women, but I’ve certainly noticed, (anecdotally of course, I have no science to back this up), that women around 40 tend to start taking greater notice of their vaginas. It’s the race against mortality that makes you hornier – and more reluctant to waste the time you’ve got left being demure or prudish.  Still, I think Wolf fails to consider 50% of the population – the married people.

Married people can’t go around leading with their yoni, making decisions based on the vagina’s point of view.  Overall, the vagina in a married relationship doesn’t have as active a role as she might if a girl is single, which Wolf, recently divorced, now is. Mostly the vagina of a married woman is faced with a yes or no decision, not multiple choice or the luxurious essay question that lasts all night long that may be common with single gals.

I’ve also noticed that when you hit 40, women suddenly become kind of happy about being objectified, if at 20 they were worried about ruining their rep by being a slut. 40+ and you want to be a slut.  Please, give me a chance to be a slut, screams the subtext of Wolf’s book. Is this the same woman who was deeply offended by Harold Bloom’s hand on her leg 20+ years ago?

Overall, I think one has to be careful leading by the vagina, because the inevitable counterpart is leading by the penis.  And we all know where that leads – straight back to the vagina. But seriously, I believe in a mind-body connection but the vagina-brain?  Only when it comes to orgasms.

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