A Hidden History of Policing Female Pleasure (And Power)

A Hidden History of Policing Female Pleasure (And Power) from The Establishment 

Check out this excerpt from my new book WANT: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault (Mango 2019) in The Establishment! It’s all about the power of desire, the courage to heal, and the magic of sexual healing. Bonus, you get to learn about witches and see some of the gorgeous photos of me by Andi McLeish.

Pleasure has always been policed, in some way or another, in cultures across the world. That’s because pleasure is, in a way, a source of resistance.

In her book Vagina, Naomi Wolf argues that women have a special relationship with pleasure in that, when we have the right kind of it, we are feisty, powerful, and strong, and when we don’t, we can lose our will to stand up for ourselves. The way our pelvic nerves translate pleasure from our sexual experiences to our brains boosts the hormones that make us strong and connected and dampen our vulnerability to depression and lethargy.” (Keep reading…