Vagina: A New Biography (Book Review)

ME, MYSELF, AND I — Wolf discusses her love for her vagina — AKA the source of her creativity

Sorry boys! No pictures of vaginas here. Maybe you can purchase the book and get some of that – or maybe not. The book is being hailed as important for all women as Naomi continues her feminist works with, what Amazon has called, “…astonishing work of cutting-edge science and cultural history that radically reframes how we understand the vagina”.



Release Date: Sep 11, 2012
Writer: Naomi Wolf
Genre: Nonfiction
PublisherEcco Press

What some call TMI, controversy-courting feminist Naomi Wolf presents as matter-of-fact reporting. After undergoing surgery to free a compressed pelvic nerve, the author of The Beauty Myth experienced soul-stirring orgasms that not only rocked her world but inspired her newest conversation-ready thesis: A woman’s happy, well-loved vagina is integral to her creativity and self-fulfillment.

Vagina: A New Biography might more accurately be titled My Very Own Vagina, especially when Wolf exalts the ministrations of attentive lovers. Like the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, perhaps this book is best suited to e-readers. But Wolf’s survey of historical attitudes toward female genitalia is less titillating and more informative, especially the pages about jazz ladies who sang the blues about their vaginas. B-

Reviewed by  | Sept. 5, 2012


Naomi Wolf was born in San Francisco in 1962. She was an undergraduate at Yale University and did her graduate work at New College, OxfordUniversity as a Rhodes Scholar.Her essays have appeared in various publications including: The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Ms., Esquire, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. She also speaks widely to groups across the country.

The Beauty Myth, her first book, was an international bestseller. She followed that with Fire With Fire: The New Female Power and How It Will Change The 21st Century, published by Random House in 1993, and Promiscuities: The Secret Struggle for Womanhood, published in 1997. Misconceptions, released in 2001, is a powerful and passionate critique of pregnancy and birth in America.

In fall 2002, Harper Collins published a 10th anniversary commemorative edition of The Beauty Myth. In May of 2005, Ms. Wolf released The Treehouse: Eccentric Wisdom from my Father on How to Live, Love and See. The End of America, published in September 2007 by Chelsea Green, is Naomi’s latest book.

Naomi Wolf is co-founder of The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, an organization devoted to training young women in ethical leadership for the 21st century. The institute teaches professional development in the arts and media, politics and law, business and entrepreneurship as well as ethical decision making.

She currently lives with her family in New York City.