Last week in Portand I was able to attend an author talk by sex educator Emily Nagoski. Her new book Come As You Are combines sexual desire with sexy science.
"Cutting-edge research across multiple disciplines tells us that the most important factor for women in creating and sustaining a fulfilling sex life is not what you do in bed or how you do it, but how you feel about it. Which means that stress, mood, trust, and body image are not peripheral factors in a woman's sexual well-being; they are central to it."
She breaks down women's sexuality into a system of accelerators and brakes and describes sexual responses in an easy to understand way. The book is divided into four parts- The Basics, Sex in Context, Sex in Action and Ecstacy for Everybody. The book is tied together with 4 women's stories which act as a composite of issues and experiences common to many women.
So far this is a very interesting and relatable book, and I'm so glad i got a chance to meet Emily! The book talk went on for two hours and people didn't want to stop asking questions. Emily's enthusiasm about sex and education was contagious, and I'm sure we all went to bed that night eager to learn a little more.