• Vagina Obscura

  • An Anatomical Voyage
  • By: Rachel E. Gross
  • Narrated by: Siho Ellsmore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A scientific journey to the center of the new female body.

The Latin term for the female genitalia, pudendum, means “parts for which you should be ashamed”. Until 1651, ovaries were called female testicles. The fallopian tubes are named for a man. Named, claimed, and shamed: Welcome to the story of the female body, as penned by men.

Today, a new generation of (mostly) women scientists is finally redrawing the map. With modern tools and fresh perspectives, they’re looking at the organs traditionally bound up in reproduction—the uterus, ovaries, vagina—and seeing within them a new biology of change and resilience. Through their eyes, journalist Rachel E. Gross takes listeners on an anatomical odyssey to the center of this new world—a world where the uterus regrows itself, ovaries pump out fresh eggs, and the clitoris pulses beneath the surface like a shimmering pyramid of nerves. Full of wit and wonder, Vagina Obscura is a celebratory testament to how the landscape of knowledge can be rewritten to better serve everyone.

©2022 Rachel E. Gross (P)2022 OrangeSky Audio
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  • Categories: History

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"Through her seamless storytelling and meticulous research, Rachel Gross shows how long we have misunderstood the bodies of half the people who have ever lived, how much we still have to learn, and how wondrous and rewarding that quest can be. Vagina Obscura is science writing at its finest—revelatory, wry, consequential, necessary, and incredibly hard to put down." (Ed Yong, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of I Contain Multitudes)

"Vagina Obscura is a marvel of a book—lyrical, compassionate, infuriating, insightful, and wise. Rachel E. Gross's exploration of the history, science and politics of female anatomy should be read by women, men, and everybody seeking to be smarter about who we really are." (Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Poison Squad)

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This book was absolutely fascinating highly recommend for anyone interested in anatomy science and gender

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This book is fascinating as well as disturbing. The fascinating part is how amazing the body is and how much we didn't even know that we didn't know! The disturbing part revolves around the almost total lack of respect paid to the female body by medicine as well as by society. No wonder the US has one of the world's highest rates of maternal death!
This book is well-written, engaging, and filled with well-researched information.
The Audible version was excellent.
I started the audiobook and immediately ordered the hard copy so I could refer back to it. And as soon as I finished the audiobook my husband started it!
Everyone should read this.