Behind the Netra Book Review - Naomi Wolf's 'Vagina - A New Biography.'

Behind the Netra Book Review - I finally got around to finishing Naomi Wolf's 'Vagina - A New Biography.' Firstly, don't let the title scare you into hiding. Wolf shares her personal journey in an attempt to analyse the intersectionality between sexuality and creativity. Much of her findings are backed with a range of interesting scientific evidence that suggests that the vagina is not merely flesh, but an intrinsic component of the female brain—and thus has a fundamental connection to female consciousness itself. As much as I loved Wolf's infamous 'Beauty Myth' back when I was a teenager, this text was sadly a bit of a let down. The book claims to be tackling a social taboo that is the Vagina but I feel that Eve Ensler dealt with it much better in the Vagina Monologues two decades ago. The book hardly liberates women, I feel it gives public intellectuals a legitimate reason to have a good laugh at female genitalia and makes a parody of mainstream feminist debate. I'd put it under the collection of celebrity faux-feminism that aims to titillate and make sales but does nothing for feminist debate. I'd still recommend to read it if you're up for some interesting analogies and wordplay but if you're really interested in important issues of sex, power and suffering then have a look at Butler, Banerji or Valenti.