Naomi Wolf's 'Vagina' and the science of female pleasure

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Meghan Murphy speaks with neuroscience journalist, Maia Szalavitz, about some of the controversial claims made about female sexuality in Naomi Wolf's new book, Vagina.

In her article, 'Naomi Wolf’s Vagina Aside, What Neuroscience Really Says About Female Desire', Szalavitz debunks many of Wolf's conclusions around the science of female sexual pleasure, including the ways she misrepresents the role that the brain and neurochemicals play in our love lives.

While the female orgasm has long been subject to debate among scientists and feminists alike, this fascinating interview connects scientific findings and feminist ideology in a way that Wolf and many others have failed to do in the past.

Maia Szalavitz has authored several books, including: Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential — and Endangered. She has been published in TIME Magazine, the New York Times, Elle, Scientific American Mind, the Washington Post, New Scientist and Psychology Today.



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