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The Hite Report: A Nationwide Study of Female Sexualityby Shere Hite
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More than 35 million copies sold worldwide
Selected in 1998 as one of the one hundred key books of the twentieth century by the London Times and the World Expo.
A frankness and directness not usually seen in print . . . Many female readers can closely identify with these intimate revelations. --Time
The first major literary breakthrough in this field since the work of Masters and Johnson. --The Literary Guild
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.
Shere Hite distributed questionnaires consisting of some 60 questions to 300 women across the country, from every age and economic group and from all walks of life. Her aim was to reveal the complex nature of female sexuality. This book presents what the women who answered said, in their own words and in their own way. The book features dozens of actual quotes from respondents to illustrate the conclusion at which Hite has arrived.
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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