Tonight Coach House Books launches Toronto author Sarah Barmak’s Closer: Notes From The Orgasmic Frontier Of Female Sexuality, the latest in its Exploded Views series. Coach House is promising “light refreshments, adult colouring pages – and we mean adult – and other titillating surprises.”
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
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More about Closer:
We think of the modern woman as sexually liberated—if anything, we’re told we’re oversexed. Yet a striking number of women are dissatisfied with their sex lives. Over half of women report having a sexual complaint, whether that’s lack of desire or difficulty reaching orgasm. This issue sure doesn’t get much press; the urge is to ignore or medicalize it (witness the quest for ‘pink Viagra.’) If so many ordinary women suffer from sexual frustration, then perhaps the problem isn’t one that can be addressed by a pharmaceutical cure. Maybe we need to get hot and bothered about a broader cultural cure: a reorienting of our culture’s current male-focused approach to health and pleasure, and a rethinking of what’s ‘normal.’
Using a blend of reportage, interview, and first-person reflection, journalist Sarah Barmak explores the cutting-edge science and grassroots cultural trends that are getting us closer to truth of women’s sexuality. Closer reveals how women are reshaping their sexuality today in wild, irrepressible ways—participating in mindfulness, vulva massage, nude meetings, hour-long orgasms, masturbation circles, and live demonstrations at Burning Man—and redefining female sexuality on its own terms.
-from Coach House Books