Men in Love by Nancy Friday: | donkeytime.org: BooksNancy Colbert Friday August 27, — November 5, was an American author who wrote on the topics of female sexuality and liberation. Her writings argue that women have often been reared under an ideal of womanhood , which was outdated and restrictive, and largely unrepresentative of many women's true inner lives, and that openness about women's hidden lives could help free women to truly feel able to enjoy being themselves. She asserts that this is not due to deliberate malice, but due to social expectation , and that for women's and men's benefit alike it is healthier that both be able to be equally open, participatory and free to be accepted for who and what they are. Friday and Jane Colbert Friday later Scott . She grew up in Charleston, South Carolina , and attended the only local girls' college-preparatory school, Ashley Hall , where she graduated in Her first book, published in , was My Secret Garden , a compilation of her interviews with women discussing their sexuality and fantasies, which became a bestseller. Friday regularly returned to the interview format in her subsequent books on themes ranging from mothers and daughters to sexual fantasies , relationships , jealousy , envy , feminism , BDSM , and beauty.
All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form whatsoever. Now, here at the beginning, let me set the record straight. I don't want this to get lost halfway through these introductory pages: Sexual freedom was never a part of modern feminism, never celebrated as such at Feminist Headquarters. Because so many of us marched in both the Women's Movement and the Sexual Revolution, and because they happened simultaneously, those events remain in memory as one glorious upheaval. Wouldn't it seem irrational to exclude sexual free- dom from all the other rights—political, social, economic—for which we fought? Why separate sex and state? I automatically assumed that those of us who marched and wrote in the late s and early s knew there would be no joy in the workplace without sexual freedom, by which I don't mean fucking in the Ladies' Oops!
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With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts. The bestselling author of My Secret Garden exposes the wild and sexy fantasies that many of us have but are afraid to share. For over thirty years, Nancy Friday has written about eros, love, beauty, and seduction. Now she returns to the territory she pioneered during the sexual revolution—exploring our most taboo sexual desires.
When the book was first published in the seventies, it was highly controversial and condemned by leaders of the growing feminist movement. The book contains actual fantasies that real women have had, each one used to illustrate an element of the sexual fantasy. Nancy Friday intended the book to be a reassurance to all women that fantasy is normal and a healthy part of any sexual relationship. My Secret Garden is still controversial in some corners of the world, but its republication and high sales prove that fantasy touches the lives of all women, even those who are still afraid to admit to them. The author, Nancy Friday, begins her book by describing a fantasy she once shared with a lover and his negative reaction to the idea that she was thinking of another man while engaged in sexual activity with him. This episode led Ms.
This style continues throughout the book — even looking at the chapter headings would cause the more prudish of us to gasp. Its author, Nancy Friday , was already well known for her frank discussions about sexuality in her previous books. My Secret Garden and Forbidden Flowers had shocked and amazed her readers in the s and 80s; but Women on Top was different. It admitted that real women had sexual fantasies that related or were influenced by their lives and that they were willing to talk about them. According to Friday, she was one of the first to publicly discuss the topic in her earlier books which went through endless red tape to get published and promoted but up until Women on Top the real lives of these women had never been examined in relation to their fantasies. She encourages the women in her book to tell every detail about their sexual fantasies, no matter how unusual or explicit.