Join us on Thursday, September 15th at 7:00pm for the launch of Closer: Notes from the Orgasmic Frontier of Female Sexuality by Sarah Barmak! A provocative look at why our current understanding of female sexuality isn’t “getting us off,” Barmak uses a blend of reportage, interview, and first-person reflection to explore the cutting-edge science and grassroots cultural trends that getting us closer to the truth of the matter.
Our current society thinks of the modern woman as sexually liberated – if anything, we’re told we’re oversexed. Yet a striking number of women are dissatisfied with their sex lives. Over half of women report having a sexual complaint, whether that’s lack of desire or difficulty reaching orgasm. But this issue doesn’t get much press; the urge is to ignore or medicalize it (witness the quest for ‘pink Viagra’). If so many ordinary women suffer from sexual frustration, then perhaps the problem isn’t one that can be addressed by a pharmaceutical fix – or isn’t a problem. Maybe we need to get hot and bothered about a broader cultural cure: a reorienting of our current male-focused approach to sex and pleasure, and a rethinking of what’s ‘normal.’
Please stop in, admission is free! Wine will also be served.
(Photo by Bernard Weil / Toronto Star)
Sarah Barmak is a Toronto freelance journalist and author. Her writing has appeared in Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Canadian Business, Marketing and Reader’s Diges