Lunar Lunacy's review of My Secret Garden by Nancy Friday
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When it first appeared, My Secret Garden created a storm of outrage and exhilaration. Women who read it were astonished to find in its pages the hidden content of their own sexual fantasies. More outspoken, graphic, and taboo-shattering than any book before its time, My Secret Garden quickly became the classic study of female sexuality.
Today, millions of women have made Nancy Friday's groundbreaking bestseller a mainstay of feminist literature - a liberating force that adds a sensational new dimension to their sexual fantasies and lives.
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My Secret Garden by Nancy Friday 9 out of 10 (5 reviews) Write your own review
Every flower is different...
Reviewed: 30 August 2009 by Lunar Lunacy, a Bisexual Going Steady Female
'My Secret Garden' by Nancy Friday is a collection of women's fantasies plus sections from the author on the subject.
Nancy Friday created this book to liberate women and their fantasies. She talks throughout the book about how some women are afraid of letting out their own fantasies, and what fantasising actually means. She goes in depth about the different types of fantasy, from the typical 'rape fantasy' to others.
The fantasies themselves are collected from the everyday woman, either sent in anonymously or told in person. A brief description of the woman retelling the fantasy is sometimes provided to give the reader a sense of reassurance, that anyone can fantasise, not just one type of woman.
The fantasies can range from very vivid and erotic to what I find insane. But every fantasy is someone else's, so they're all different. Once you find fantasies you like or relate to, you may find yourself reading them slowly or again just to really picture them in your mind. I found this very exciting to do, as some of the fantasies can feel like they're unfolding right in front of your eyes.
What is a little irritating is the commentary on fantasy by Nancy Friday. It helps separate the book into different fantasy sections and provide more information on the subject of fantasy and women.
However, when you are in the mood and just want to read more stories, turning the page and reading something like 'Why do women fantasize about sex when they've got it' can sort of take you out of the world of erotic fantasy and more into the science and study of it. Of course, you can just skip through those pages when you feel like it.
Nancy's style of writing is not really clinical, it is relatively easy to read. In fact, reading this book as more of a sit down, everyday book can be very informative. But, in my opinion, those looking for an erotic fiction style, pick-up-and-read type book should definitely look elsewhere.
I myself bought this book to help me mould out my own fantasies and to understand them better, and 'My Secret Garden' was very useful for this purpose, thanks to Nancy's explanations and reading other women's fantasies also.
- Vivid fantasies, different sections for each type.
- Some fantasies can be a little out there.
- Bottom line
- A good read, depending on what the reader likes, each fanatasy is different.
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