Over half of women report having a sexual complaint, whether that’s lack of desire or difficulty reaching orgasm. But this issue 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 fix – or isn’t a problem. Maybe we need to get hot and bothered about a broader cultural cure: a reorienting of our current male-focused approach to sex 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: nude meetings, how-to apps, trans-friendly porn, therapeutic vulva massage, hour-long orgasms and public clit-rubbing demonstrations – and redefining female sexuality on its own terms.
See an excerpt of Closer here.
“Closer: Notes From the Orgasmic Frontier of Female Sexuality provides a fascinating social history of the female orgasm – where we’ve come and where we are today.” – CBC Books
“In her upcoming book, Closer, Barmak says there are countless…ways to ease into the kind of emotional and sexual exploration that can help close the orgasm gap between men and women.” – Sarah Ratchford, Cosmopolitan
“Closer: Notes from the Orgasmic Frontier of Female Sexuality (is) an exploration of the ways female sexuality is being redefined in scientific research and today’s sex-obsessed culture. The book takes readers from a feminist sex shop in downtown Toronto to an orgasmic meditation demonstration in the Nevada desert, shedding light on the fears, hopes and frustrations of modern women and anyone identifying as female.” – Lauren Pelley, The Toronto Star