In the Garden of Desire

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9780593041017: In the Garden of Desire

This work explores sexual fanatasies. It discusses what they are, how they are shaped by culture, how they differ for men and women and the six most common roles women imagine playing in sexual fantasies. The book also includes self-assessment exercises and guided explorations.

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Popular books on women's sexual fantasies tend to deliver soft core thrills and tips for a more fulfilling sex life, but disappoint readers hoping for outrageous abandon. Though well-crafted and often erotically charged, In the Garden of Desire is no exception, although it does offer insight into how fantasies evolve and how our sexuality is shaped by early experiences, whether pleasurable, disapproving, or abusive. It reminds us, too, that sex is, like humor, a matter of personal taste. Elaborate scenarios that electrify some of us--from sex-play with a true-hearted, sure-handed lover to nipple clamps--leave others shrugging.

Sex therapist Wendy Maltz and journalist Suzie Boss commendably avoid reducing fantasies to typically simplistic categories, noting that this strips them of the very plot build-up and sensuality that turn many women on. The authors are sanguine about disturbing or violent desires, merely commenting that "fantasies work best for us when they feel optional." To that end, they suggest ways to rewrite unpleasantly obsessive or personally oppressive scripts without completely extinguishing their fire. --Francesca Coltrera

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"Pleasurable, fascinating, and 'exciting' to read, In the Garden of Desire offers you new flowers for your internal garden and will help you feel wonderful about them."
--Susan Page, author of How One of You Can Bring the Two of You Together

"In the Garden of Desire teaches women to listen to our deepest longings, to honor our visions, and to recognize that our fantasies can be our guides and teachers on the path to wholeness. Read the book and you will find new ways of becoming a fulfilled and ecstatic lover."
--Margo Anand, author of The Art of Sexual Ecstasy

"At last, a wonderful and important book that reveals the full power of women's sexual imagination--to play, to excite, to haunt, to heal. I will recommend it widely."
--Gina Ogden, Ph.D., author of Women Who Love Sex

"In the Garden of Desire proves once again that women are a wonderful, sexy, strong, and vulnerable clan."
--JoAnn Loulan

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