Whereas wom Ever wondered why most women can't differentiate love from sex? Whereas women confuse the want to touch someone's hand or be touched by them as love butterflies. Friday goes on to discuss modern women who enjoy taking control in the bedroom at least in their fantasies and explores, through the use of fan letters, why some might dream about other women, raping a man, and exhibitionism.
A mixture of erotica and non-fiction. It's been almost twenty years since I first came across this collection of women's sexual fantasies. At the time I was just as interested in N. Friday's analysis of each fantasy, and what it revealed about women's liberation or lack thereof. Today as I flip through the book I am a bit upset at how uniform the language of the so-called "real-life" fantasies reads, and I wonder to what extent each woman's narrative has been edited, how much each unique voice has been moulded limited?
Women on Top by Nancy Friday
The stories I am drawn to now are not necessarily the most interesting sexually speaking; rather they are the ones where the first-person narrator's voice stands out from the rest of the women in this book. Shelves: sex-fiction. This book is all about women's fantasies. Some of the fantasies included in this book are really far out and some are kind of disturbing, but some of them were really hot to me too.
I think I got it at the Friends of the Public Library library booksale, so I didn't invest a lot of money to get it. May 27, Dee rated it really liked it Shelves: erotica. Great book, something for everyone and some bits not for everyone, but hey if a section is not for you skip it for one that is!! That some people harbor sexual fantasies like these is both utterly terrifying and absolutely hilarious.
May 02, Ants rated it really liked it. Thanks to the book exchange at work, this book came into my hands. I did not return it but rather found a place for the book on my bookshelf. I like to know about sexual fantasies or realities. There is not too many sources of information but this book does a fine job. Enjoy it - I certainly did.
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May 18, Sue rated it liked it Shelves: romance. Like the others in this series, it's a mix of hot, strange, and sometimes downright disturbing fantasies contributed by anonymous women.
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Jan 01, Ruby Noise rated it really liked it. Women's fantasies I have come to see are many, varied and at times had me thinking we are different but all the same. This collection collated by Nancy Friday from many women is a book I have had for years and will not part with. It tells of desires for other women, multiple men, leather, lace and whipped cream. Sometimes I was left pondering the extent of time on some womens' hands, pardon the pun, to enact their time consuming joys. Those who believe 50 Shades of Grey is a horny read, should get Women's fantasies I have come to see are many, varied and at times had me thinking we are different but all the same.
Those who believe 50 Shades of Grey is a horny read, should get your hands on this little book. No time for stories in amongst the fantasies here! Oct 03, Roxanne Sami rated it did not like it.
That's the Least I can say.. Want more?! This is a pure waste of time, I got this book thinking I've put my hands on some kind of proper academic research or at least a study on that matter! Unfortunately what I've found out is a pure porno content in a research outfit!!! Not only this but very weird, sick thoughts and concepts introducing extremist sexual behavior.. It's a typical 14 years old kind of book! That type of teenagers digging for anything that says just sex!!!
I picked up this book back in , thinking it sounded quite interesting "How real life has changed women's sexual fantasies", back in I tried to read it, and it starts out way too clinical, I guess I just wanted some smut, not a real discussion, so, I did not make it very far in the book. Jan 08, C. Thinly veiled erotica masked as academic research, this reads like the letters section of a man's magazine.
Still, great fun for May 15, Jo rated it it was amazing. It was interesting to read what goes on inside other peoples heads, and one chapter in particular gave me a massive insight to myself. Sep 05, Maura rated it it was ok Shelves: zzzzzz , erotica , non-fiction. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I see the value in some of this. First of all, the information regarding why men and women view sex differently is rather enlightening.
I always wondered how a guy could separate sex from emotion and this pretty much provided a reasonably logical answer. A lot of this feels like pseudo-psychology. Start out the chapter with pages of Freudian psycho-babble that covers the bases and presents a reasonably logical explanation for the presence of such fantasies. The point of this whole book is not the explanation, but the fantasies.
The fantasies, to some extent, are valuable, in that they allow women who read this to see that fantasies are all over the place and are perfectly healthy no matter how strange they are. But I also have to question how representative these fantasies actually are, seeing as how these are women who wrote to the author and therefore are already a little more adventurous than the average woman. Plenty of crude language and some really unusual situations depending on your POV.
But seriously, I have to wonder at the editing…how does having sex with an extremely well endowed gorilla constitute being in control of sex? By the end of this book though, I was skimming through the fantasies. I actually found a lot of this book kind of boring. What was really disheartening to me was the number of women who admittedly seek to be or have been unfaithful to their spouses or who lure men into being unfaithful to their spouses in real life not in the fantasy.
One woman writes about seducing a man she knows has been married for 10 months. Interesting anthology of the inner lives and secret fantasies of women. Nothing too revelatory, but nonetheless provides an unconventional portrait of a women's typically taboo desires. Oct 11, Lesley rated it liked it. Friday is one of the few writers who always bring some novel ideas regarding sexuality of your opposite sex, sometimes your own that you didn't imagine or didn't acknowledge.
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However, it's definitely a controversial book, you'll find random guys or ladies trying to explain Friday is one of the few writers who always bring some novel ideas regarding sexuality of your opposite sex, sometimes your own that you didn't imagine or didn't acknowledge. However, it's definitely a controversial book, you'll find random guys or ladies trying to explain how it has got all wrong.
Not quite sure what I expected when I began this book however I am left both shocked and quite often repulsed my some of the fantasy had by some women. To manage to read through some of the chapters I had to remind myself that this is a study, research, into the changing fantasises of woman throughout the years. Suffice it too say this book has certainly opened my eyes and made my own fantasies seem quite tame in comparison. Mar 30, Shelleyrae at Book'd Out rated it liked it. Ok so I was 15 when a friend and I pooled our money and bought My Secret Garden more than 20 years ago - and then I bought this a year or so later.
For me this was a lot more eyeopening and disturbing than the first. I have no idea where it ended up - most likely I lent it to someone and it was never returned. From any book you will get only as much as your world-view lets you. Therefore, there are still people who will find Women on Top a soft porn for women.
Which is not true. WoT is one of many steps to take, to unite women. It proves that despite different ages, backgrounds, religions, we are pretty much the same and desire very similar things. If you can't get past the subject of the book, you should read it again, this time looking further then tip of your nose. I learned that women have complicated sexually fantasies that follow a theme over an extended period; unlike men who tend to flip from image to image this is an exciting book and well worth keeping by your bed. Jan 01, Sahil Sood rated it it was amazing. Worthy of a blockbuster accolade!
Nov 16, Tiffany rated it it was amazing. Sep 18, Divya Gonnabathula added it. This is the worst book I've ever read! Dont ever ever read this.. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Nancy Friday. Nancy Friday. Nancy Colbert Friday was an American author who wrote on the topics of female sexuality and liberation. Books by Nancy Friday. Trivia About Women on Top. Quotes from Women on Top. Fairy tales carry the wisdom of the ages; that is why they last and are passed down from generation to generation.
It is only since women have de- veloped alternative sources of economic security and identity that the taboo subject of the power of their beauty has begun to be researched and written about. Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. If you're feeling bored or upset during sex and using fantasy as a way of disconnecting or if you're repeatedly fantasizing about someone inappropriate -- like a brother-in-law or a best friend's partner -- there may be cause for concern.
In those cases, think about whether there could be any larger, underlying problem in your relationship. For example, a former client of mine, a young bride-to-be, found herself constantly fantasizing about her future brother-in-law instead of the groom. These sexual fantasies were not a sign of attraction, but were actually a sign of her intense ambivalence over her impending marriage.
When she ultimately broke off the engagement, her fantasies about her fiance's brother faded. So don't fear your fantasies. Enjoy them. Use them to heat things up in the bedroom. And remember: There is a clear difference between fantasy and reality. And sometimes, a wacky fantasy is just hinting at another, perfectly normal desire within you. He is CNN. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you.
Sex with a stranger. In a study published by The Journal of Sex Research, 80 percent of partnered women said they had fantasized about someone other than their partner during sex in the previous two months. Because, while sex within the context of monogamy can be totally hot, it's hard to replicate the intensity of the initial chase. Fantasizing about someone new is a way of recalling how fantastic it felt to be so obviously pursued.
Being dominant in bed. While it may seem counterintuitive for a woman to want to take charge when what they're really craving is the feeling of being desired, the dominatrix scenario actually revolves around the man worshipping the woman's body, and begging her for attention. In this scenario, a woman not only gets to enjoy sex with her partner, but also gets to enjoy the knowledge that someone else or several someones?
Being sexually ravaged. Sometimes known as rape fantasy, this particular desire is not necessarily what you think. How many spicy hot movie scenes have you enjoyed in which the man pushed the woman up against the wall, forcing a kiss upon her? The thought of a man so bursting with desire is an undeniably a turn on for some women.
Enjoying a threesome. Being worshipped and adored by two different men -- or a man and a woman -- can be twice as nice. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard.
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