Female sexuality: Personal matters | The Economist

“UNMASTERED: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell” runs the risk of being overlooked. With the hubbub surrounding E.L. James’s “Fifty Shades” trilogy (all three volumes topped the bestseller paperback lists in America and Britain this summer) and, more recently, Naomi Wolf’s “Vagina”, it is an unduly difficult time for a book on sexuality, feminism and pornography to stand out.

Yet Katherine Angel, a Cambridge-educated academic now teaching at the University of Warwick, offers in “Unmastered” something very different from Ms Wolf and Ms James. Less polemical than “Vagina” and far more highbrow than the shady trilogy, “Unmastered” is an intriguing literary and cultural study. Similar in form to “A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments” by Roland Barthes, a French cultural theorist, Ms Angel’s book is divided into a series of headed and numbered sections. Beginning with her experiences doing academic work in Cambridge, and looping back to her teenage reminiscences—overhearing a debate about oral sex on the radio, reacting to a boy’s misogynistic comments at school—she charts the differing ways female desire and sexuality can be perceived.

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