Emily Nagoski pens the popular sex blog, TheDirtyNormal.com, and teaches a course on Women’s Sexuality at Smith College. In her new book, Come as You Are: The surprising new science that will transform your sex life (Simon & Schuster, 2015) Nagoski explores the whys and hows of women’s sexuality, based on groundbreaking research and brain science.
Human sexuality is complex, and the nature of intimate partners’ circumstances and interactions is varied and complicated. That said, at the risk of oversimplifying all of the above, I share with you a simple, but wise, quotation that rethinks…. foreplay.
For a long period after Masters and Johnson published their groundbreaking book, Human Sexual Response in 1966, the assumption has been that men and women share a similar pattern of sexual response. As a result, many women (among them many of my clients) wonder if their sexual responsiveness is not quite normal, perhaps problematic, or even pathological.