Vagina: A New Biography by Naomi Wolf
Critique de Louise Foxcroft dans New Humanism
When Naomi’s Wolf’s Vagina dropped through my letterbox I must admit I was quite taken aback. The accompanying press release shrieks that the book “radically reframes how we understand the vagina – and consequently, how we understand women”. Wolf had, apparently, uncovered “an increasing body of scientific evidence that suggests that the vagina is not merely flesh” but is neurologically connected to the brain: There is a brain-vagina connection! Who knew?
At one point Wolf would have us believe that discovering this bombshell, on a doctor’s examination table, led her to fall on then floor, which is either disingenuous, or plain daft. All this time, discovers the wide-eyed Wolf, it hasn’t been culture, upbringing, patriarchy, feminism or Freud that have dictated women’s sexual arousal and orgasms, but “basic neural wiring”. You’d never have guessed it, right, but pleasure and pain travel along the neurological network, and every woman is different.