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The Sex Lives of English Women

by Wendy Jones

The Sex Lives of English Women Synopsis

'There's a lot of stigma attached to sex. Particularly with women, you have a big dichotomy between: Do you have sex? Do you not? Do you be a slut? Do you be a virgin? Do you be a prude? Do you be a man-whore? You can't really win.' Women are always being told how to be sexy, but are rarely asked what actually turns them on. Wendy Jones wanted to find out, so she interviewed twenty-four women from all walks of life, including a burlesque dancer, a girl guide leader, a shop assistant, a ninety-four year old who remembers the sexual freedom of the war, a transexual, a nun, a feminist into BDSM, a covered Muslim, a mother, a student, a polyamorist, and a sexual healer. The women talked about their lives, bodies, sexual fantasies and relationships, about what they've learned, how they have been hurt, what they enjoy and what they long for. The interviews are frank, engaging, and surprising. Each woman is unique but together they speak for a majority, and it's time we listened. This honest and inspiring exploration of female desire will change the way we think and talk about sex forever. 'English women have a reputation for being reserved and uptight; actually behind closed doors we're outrageous.'

The Sex Lives of English Women Press Reviews

Fascinating and thought-provoking * Grayson Perry * A compelling and thought-provoking collection ... it's brave, honest and full of things you'll relate to. * Elle * We are bombarded with commercialised images of what women's sexuality is about. This book shows us what it is really about. Wendy Jones' gift is that she can really listen to what people tell her, pick out what's important without distorting their distinct voices. -- Philippa Perry The interviews feel very real and immediate...entertaining, heart-warming -- Viv Groskop * Telegraph *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781254615
Publication date: 7th July 2016
Author: Wendy Jones
Publisher: Serpent's Tail an imprint of Profile Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: True stories, Sex & sexuality, sex manuals,

About Wendy Jones

Wendy Jones is a graduate of the University of East Anglia and has a PhD from Goldsmiths in creative writing. She has published two novels and is the author of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl, a biography of Grayson Perry. She lives in London.

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