The Wonder Down Under is basically a user’s guide to your vagina. (Assuming you have one. If not, you probably can skip this review.) It is an insider’s guide to the anatomy, biology, and reality of the vagina – since you really don’t learn as much as you should about it in school. There is information on sex, abortions, birth control. Lots and LOTS of detail – many, many more than any health class I had ever taken. I have been realizing lately that I am too old to not know everything about my own body so I was glad that this book laid things out in an informative and straight forward way – it wasn’t like reading a health or medical text book but still gave you all the information you needed and maybe some that you need and didn’t quite want to hear in an easy to understand kind of way. Definitely recommended for anyone who has a vagina. And I guess if you don’t but have ladies in your life and want to learn more to be more sympathetic to them, you might want to take a peak at this as well.
I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.
About the Book
The Wonder Down Under is a comprehensive guide to a miraculous and complex part of the body that too few of us (regardless of gender) are all that familiar with–the vagina. With wisdom, humor, and scientific aplomb, medical students and sex educators Nina Brochmann and Ellen Støkken Dahl take readers on a fascinating journey of female sexual organs and sexual health–from the clitoris to contraception to cervical cancer.
More than a user’s manual, this book is the demystification and tribute to the vagina that we have been waiting for. The Wonder Down Under is filled with astonishing, important, and little-known information–relayed with both medical expertise and genuine empathy. Did you know, for instance, that female and male sex organs are merely variations on the same basic structure? Or that there’s no such thing as a virginity test–because a broken hymen is not a meaningful indicator of whether or not someone’s had sex?
Brochmann and Dahl have written a tour-de-force about the biology, anatomy, and reality of the female body, stopping along the way to explain how misinformation and silence about the vagina have been harmful to women over time. The Wonder Down Under makes crucial contributions to the discussion: the book was an instant bestseller that sold out in its native Norway in just three days. Since then it has been acquired by publishers in more than two dozen countries around the world.
The Wonder Down Under is a joyful and indispensable book that will educate readers of all kinds and equip a new generation to make informed choices about their sexual health and happiness.