The vagina is the ultimate symbol of female power. Sexual power, creative power and apotropaic power – the power to prevent harm. For too long, though, the true extent of vaginal power has been ignored, hidden and misrepresented.
Accounts of how mighty the vagina is – raising the skirt stories – are astonishingly common and long-standing, and represent a global treasure trove of women’s history. Raising the skirt to display the vagina is a universal gesture of female power and pride that has been used individually and collectively for millennia by women to protect their home, family, sisters, community or way of life, or confer fertility and it’s making a comeback.
RAISING THE SKIRT: THE UNSUNG POWER OF THE VAGINA reveals this revolutionary view of female genitalia and points the way to a new understanding of what it means to be female. An inspiration for millennia, the vagina is actually a muscular marvel of engineering – sensitive and strong, fluid and flexible. Far from being a passive vessel, female genitalia control the most important role of all: the survival of the species.
With over 100,000 copies sold worldwide, join me on an eye-popping, raising the skirt journey through history, language, mythology, art and science. Find out why the clitoris is crucial for sensual, safe sex (and why men have a clitoris too), meet the great vagina goddesses, marvel at women’s orgasmic capacity and celebrate the age-old act of anasyrma – revealing the vagina. Raise the skirt: reclaim your power.
RAISING THE SKIRT: THE UNSUNG POWER OF THE VAGINA is my debut book, and was first published in the UK in 2003 as The Story of V. An updated edition was launched in the UK on 20 February 2020 by Orion Publishing. It can be bought online at Amazon and from UK bookstores. https://amzn.to/33PulXZ
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