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Vagina: A re-education


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Table of Contents

1: A Sex Re-Education 2: The Facts (If We Can Call Them That) 3: The Hymen, a Useless Symbol 4: The Clitoris, and How It's Ignored 5: The Orgasm, and Why Everything's Normal 6: Appearances, and Looking in the Mirror 7: Periods, and What Makes Them So Awful 8: Pain, As It Applies to Women 9: Fertility, Teaching It and Talking About It 10: Getting Pregnant, and What Comes Next 11: The Vagina and Menopause 12: Does My Vagina Define Me?

About the Author

Lynn Enright is a Dublin-born, London-based journalist who has written for Vogue, the Irish Times, the Guardian, the Evening Standard, BuzzFeed, Grazia and Stylist. She was a founding member of The Pool. Vagina: A Re-Education is her first book.


This vital, honest and empathetic look at vaginas (and vulvas, and why we muddle the two) is a must read for all of us...thorough, fascinating and kind. * Grazia *
Superb...fascinating, moving and sometimes enraging...a genuinely empowering book. * Irish Times *
Vagina is an eye-opening read, it will make you angry at the torture and shame that has been inflicted on people with vaginas. * Sunday Independent (Ireland) *
[A] warm and essential future classic...I can't recommend it enough. -- Alexandra Heminsley
This myth-busting book will enlighten and educate you. * Red *
By shining a long-overdue spotlight on the vagina, Lynn Enright gets to the heart of some of the most urgent issues in female health right now, from the truth about HRT to the gender pain gap. Vagina is vital reading for those who are in possession of one - and those who aren't. * Women's Health *
Intelligent, searingly written, brave and generous, this book holds a mirror to many things. Far from a reductive take on genitalia, Enright tackles the stigma, lies, misinformation and squeamishness that persist in holding us all prisoner in a male-dominated world. It's the vagina's special power to make and remake that world for the better. Everyone, regardless of what lies beneath, should read it. -- Olivia Sudjic
Absolutely incredible. It's educational and informative while also managing to be a fierce rallying cry for women. -- Louise O'Neill
By turns witty, humane and moving, Vagina: A Re-Education is a memoir, a guide and a polemic. Most importantly, it's a rousing manifesto for women everywhere, and Lynn Enright is a brave and brilliant writer. I only wish that it had existed when I was young. -- Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
Beautiful, well-written and fascinating - for the first time I feel like I PROPERLY understand my vagina! I wish I had read this 23 years ago! -- Scarlett Curtis, author of FEMINISTS DON'T WEAR PINK (AND OTHER LIES)

I absolutely loved VAGINA: A RE-EDUCATION. A re-education is right. I feel like I know my body a million times better after reading this book. It's an unflinching and beautifully composed blend of memoir, personal essay and academic investigation. It has the lyricism of the best kind of creative non-fiction, the rigour of passionately curated research, and the heft of timely and much-needed body-focused feminism. I want to give this book to every fifteen-year-old I know, including my former self. You think you know your vagina: think again. Shocking, brilliant, important. A fine addition to the feminist canon.

I feel very glad this book is going to be in the world. [...] It's awesome.

-- Emma Jane Unsworth, author of ANIMALS and HUNGRY, THE STARS AND EVERYTHING
Vagina is the clear-eyed, empathetic, political book I wish I'd had at 17 instead of my useless sex-ed textbook; my 37-year-old self is so glad to have it now. -- Jean Hannah Edelstein, author of THIS REALLY ISN'T ABOUT YOU

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