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The Hite Report: A Nationwide Study of Female Sexualityby Shere Hite
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A reproduction of the classic text, unavailable now for more than a decade, with a new introduction by the author. The Hite Report, first published in 1976, was a sexual revolution in six hundred pages. To answer sensitive questions dealing with the most intimate details of women's sexuality, Hite's innovation was simple: she asked women, a lot of them, everything--and published the results.
One hundred thousand women, ages fourteen to seventy-eight, were asked what they do and don't like about sex; how orgasm really feels, with and without intercourse; how it feels not to have an orgasm during sex; the importance of clitoral stimulation and masturbation; and to name the greatest pleasures and frustrations of their sexual lives, among many other questions.
The Hite Report declares that orgasm is easy and strong for women, given the right stimulation; that most women have orgasm most easily during masturbation or clitoral stimulation by hand; that sex as we define it is a cultural institution, not a biological one; and that attitudes must change to include the stimulation women desire.
Book News Annotation:
In a new introduction to this reissue of her pioneering 1976 study of female sexuality, Hite (American Academy of Maimonides U.) comments that misconceptions still persist about women's sexuality. She also notes areas in which progress has been made in the field. The volume includes the questionnaires upon which her data and conclusions were based, with a call for a new generation of readers to respond. There is no index.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Featuring a new foreword by the author, this is the classic feminist analysis of sex that galvanized a cultural revolution. Originally published in 1976, The Hite Report revealed the most intimate sexual feelings of 3,000 women: what they like and don't like; how orgasm really feels, with and without intercourse; how it feels to not have an orgasm during sex; the importance of clitoral stimulation and masturbation; and the greatest pleasures and frustrations of their sexual lives. The most shocking revelation was that orgasm is simply and easily achieved with the right stimulation, and that sex is a cultural institution - not just a biological one. Hite explains in her introduction that while society has in theory made great strides with regard to female sexuality since the book's first edition, the dissatisfactions with their sex lives some women voice today are reminiscent of the issues raised in the 1970s..
About the Author
The preeminent historian today of the sexual lives of everyday women (and men), Shere Hite is a pioneering feminist and postfeminist thinker. Her most famous book is The Hite Report, and she is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Corriere della Sera, and El Pais, among many others.
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