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Origin of the World: Science and the Fiction of the Vagina

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 21 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:970
  1. Virginia Braun (
  1. department of psychology, University of Auckland, New Zealand

    The vagina—and here I follow the title of the book by using this term as lay shorthand for women's genitalia—is a paradoxical part of women's bodies. Reviled but also revered, it has been received in different historical and cultural contexts with revulsion, awe, fascination, denial, violence, and even entrepreneurialism.

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    Jelto Drenth

    Reaktion, £19.95/$29, pp 304 ISBN 1 86189 210 1

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    In recent years in the West the academy and popular culture have focused attention on the vagina. This fascinating and lively account of the “science and fiction of the vagina,” which …

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