Read My Lips: A Complete Guide to the Vagina and Vulva

Book cover: Read My Lips by Debby Herbenick and Vanessa SchickDid you know that vaginas come in five different shapes? Or that they tent? Or that you can make a vulva costume–pubic hair optional–out of a pair of pantyhose? Well…neither did I until I read Debby Herbenick and Vanessa Schick’s book!

Don’t be fooled by its appearance (I’m pretty sure it remained under my radar for as long as it did because of its chick lit-looking cover): Read My Lips is a fun little book about all things vaginal and vulvar. Think of it this way: if Our Bodies, Ourselves and Cunt hooked up in some hidden corner at the BUST Craftacular, Read My Lips would probably be their resulting lovechild. Armed with anatomy lessons, health tips, a playful sense of humor, cultural history lessons, and a bunch of of vulva-related arts and crafts projects, Herbenick and Schick excel at demystifying a part of the body that too many people in this world are clueless about.

The book is separated into seven chapters. The first few chapters cover anatomy, health care, and sex-related information. The authors break up each chapter with sidebar information that includes everything from DIY projects to quotes about people’s experiences to scientific findings. They also take the time to debunk all kinds of myths (example: vaginas aren’t cavernous spaces; it’s impossible for objects to get lost up there). Then the fun really begins; the last half of the book is devoted to stuff like the cultural history of vaginas, self-esteem issues, marketing towards women, “hair styles,” and vaginas/vulvas in popular culture. It was really fascinating and at times horrifying (I’m thinking of the list of things people have used to douche…Lysol, anyone?). At the end of each chapter is a little pop quiz to see if you’ve been paying attention.

My only problem with the book doesn’t really even relate to the content itself, but it was a big deal for me: don’t buy this in ebook format. The formatting is terrible, and flipping through the sidebars was a major hassle. That said, if you own–or come into contact with–a vagina, this is a great book to read (just go the printed route)! Even people who may consider themselves vagina/vulva aficionados will probably come away learning a few of new things.

Read My Lips: A Complete Guide to the Vagina and Vulva was released by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers on November 14, 2011.

IndieBound | Powell’s | Amazon
I read it as a(n): ebook
Source: Advance review copy from publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 312

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