Author: Stephanie Theobald
Format: Hardcover 352 pages
Release Date: 18 October 2018
Firstly I would like to thank Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to join in this Blog Tour and the Publisher for the copy of this book they provided me for review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Arriving in New York with a failing relationship and a body she felt out of touch with, Stephanie Theobald set off on a 3,497 mile trip across America to re-build her orgasm from the ground up. What started as a quest for the ultimate auto-erotic experience became a fantastic voyage into her own body.
She takes us from body sex classes with the legendary feminist Betty Dodson to an interview with the former US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, who was fired for suggesting that masturbation should be talked about in schools. Along the way, we are immersed in a weird, countercultural America of marijuana farms and ecosexual sexologists .
Sex Drive is a memoir about desire and pleasure, merging sexuality and spirituality, eighteenth-century porn and enlightenment philosophy. A new sexual revolution has begun and this time round, it s all about the women.
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Straight away after the first couple of chapters I knew this was going to be a book completely different to any other i’ve read. With chapters named like ‘towards the clitoris of America’ and ‘Debrief with the Wizard’, I knew I was going to be in for a fun and different read. One thing I wasn’t expecting however, is quite how informative this book is. I never anticipated I would learn so much from reading it.
‘San Francisco might be the clitoris’ she growls, ‘but New York is the grounding dildo’
It’s so refreshing to read a book dedicated to a topic that is very rarely discussed and whats even more refreshing is the completely unashamed way with which the author does so. I loved how she just dives right in, sharing with us what most people would consider some of her most intimate moments.
‘The only certainty is that what does emerge in the privacy of your head shouldn’t be thrown in the bin’
The author describes how she gets taught to have a ‘heart wank’, how to conduct an ‘energy orgasm’, she meets exosexuals, professional dominatrix’s, the ex surgeon general, ex prom stars, and at times it feels like everything in between!
In this book the author will probably take you to places that you will never go and describes experiences that you will likely never experience…. or won’t you? I for one can definitely say my eyes have been opened after reading this. I suggest we all lower our inhibitions slightly and give this book a read as you’ll probably come away thinking slightly different and learn a thing or two along the way.
‘If we don’t accept we have desire, we can’t call ourselves fully evolved human beings’
I enjoyed how the author injected facts throughout the book really allowing me as the reader to come on her personal journey of discovery and learn with her what knowledge she gains along the way. I usually read a lot of psychological thrillers and this was definitely a read in a different direction but I enjoyed it immensely! I really think most women would too and I recommend it for women… and men alike!
About the Author
Stephanie Theobald is a British journalist, novelist, public speaker and broadcaster known for her playful and thoughtful work around sexuality and alternative feminism. She writes regularly for the Guardian, the Sunday Times and Elle. She is the author of four novels.
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