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Emily Nagoski is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestselling Come As You Are and The Come As You Are Workbook, and coauthor, with her sister, Amelia, of New York Times bestseller Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. She began her work as a sex educator at the University vis mere of Delaware, where she volunteered as a peer sex educator while studying psychology, with minors in cognitive science and philosophy. She went on to earn an M.S. in counseling and a Ph.D. in health behavior, both from Indiana University, with clinical and research training at the Kinsey Institute. Now she combines sex education and stress educating to reach women to live with confidence and joy inside their bodies. vis mindre


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I found the suggestions and explanations in this book helpful but also felt like there was a lot of overgeneralizing going on - at least for me. There's no denying there are a lot of harmful messages out there for women. Maybe I have just always been good at ignoring them or maybe I was just lucky to be raised by parents whose positive messages were more powerful than the harmful ones?
tjsjohanna | 32 andre anmeldelser | May 21, 2024 |
I think this book could potentially be very helpful for many cisgender women in long term monogamous relationships. The book discusses trauma and emotions quite a bit, which is important. It also asserts that everyone is normal, which is nice, but I doubt the sincerity of it.

Here are my issues, some of which are ridiculous things for me to even care about, but alas:
This book focuses exclusively on issues faced by cisgender women in long term monogamous relationships, those issues defined mostly as wanting to have more or less sex than their partner.
The book completely dismisses non-monogamy and polyamory out of hand.
What about single women? If you were an alien dropping in on earth and you happened to pick up this book to learn about sexuality, you wouldn’t even realize that single women exist.
I strongly suspect this book oversimplifies male sexuality, and that’s a problem. I didn’t pick up this book so I could read about that, but often the book compares women to men, and it just seems really oversimplify how men experience sex.
It’s not that analytical, but the author warns us about this up front.
I don’t think the word “dildo” appears once in this book. How??? Feel free to prove me wrong, though. 🍆
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stitchcastermage | 35 andre anmeldelser | Apr 26, 2024 |
This is a pop-science self help book on long-term sexual partnerships. If neither of those categories are non-starters for you, then you might have something here.

This is the second book I've read from Nagoski, the first being "Come as You Are." Apparently she and her sister wrote a book in between that I don't know much about called "Burnout."

Regardless of the content of the book, if you're picking up a book of this size on the subject of long-term sexual partnerships, then it demonstrates a commitment to inquiry, so regardless of whether or not you get anything out of the book, at least you're spending ten or twenty hours musing over the subject as you turn the pages.

There is a paradox is the book (which isn't inherently a bad thing): on the one hand, Nagoski unequivocally proclaims her support of self non-judgementalness in the first half of the book; "there is no normal," or "you are normal, no matter what you are," are two common refrains. The second half of the book then moves into an unequivocal takedown of gender norms, condemning and shaming those that identify with them. This may not come across well to those that identify with aspects of gender norms, as Nagoski, as an external authority, is telling the reader what they should think, as opposed to asking reflective questions that evoke self-reflection on the part of the reader. If we combine these two segments of the book, we might come away with a message like, "you are normal, but if there are ways in which your normality overlaps with societal norms around gender, that is a problem." In other words, part one of the book is focused on a developmental process of self-observation, and part two of the book takes on an expert paradigm where the reader should accept the authors words as rote.

One of the primary frameworks Nagoski employs in the book is that of the "emotional floorplan." This analogy takes a two-dimensional spacial configuration (an architecture schematic) and imposes it on the connectivity between our emotional spaces. Coming from the world of automatic energy, where people have little or no ability to shift their internal state, it tells them, "what is the probability I could move from an emotional state of, for example, upset to one of arousal?" This is useful information to know, and in some ways this reminds me of the "Blueprint of We/State of Grace" framework's approach of "Questions to Return to Peace." On the other hand, when we take a metaphor that comes with fabricated constraints (such as the fact that on a floor plan, you can't move from one end of a space to the other without crossing spaces in-between), self-sabotage can be the result. As a child, my father introduced me to the spiritual belief that we can have the ability to influence our emotional and energetic state. For example, when we're upset, we can ask ourselves the question, "do I still want to be upset right now; what is this state doing for me?" Sometimes the answer to this question is yes. Sometimes this questions might have us realize that what we really need is a hug, or to go running barefoot in the woods, or to lie down in the cold rain and let the droplets wash over us. In actuality, humans have the potential to move between any two energetic states; unfortunately, the metaphor of an "emotional floorplan" inhibits rather than enlivens this possibility.

There is one bright spot in the book for those interested in phenomenology and the numinous—towards the end, there is a brief segment on "magic and the field of self." This part is about practices associated with accessing higher levels of consciousness, and might be a transcendent elevator for those of us stuck in the cartesian coordinates of our emotional floorplan. Why is this chapter an afterthought rather than the core of the book? Maybe Nagoski feels this intuitive approach is too "woo woo" and wouldn't sell. Maybe we should ask her publisher. Maybe we'll need to wait for her fourth book.

Despite the hypocrisy and static/dead frameworks of the book, if you're taking the time with your partner to discern about your relationship together, good things will come. But in that case, you might not need this book to guide you.
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willszal | Apr 20, 2024 |
Come together. Door: Emily Nagoski.

Come together is een soort van vervolg op Come as you are. (Als je dat boek nog niet gelezen hebt: zeker doen, ferme aanrader.) In Come together focust Nagoski zich op de seksuele relatie van koppels die langdurig samen zijn. Zoals ik en mijn man: 26 jaar samen ondertussen.

Wie Emily Nagoski nog niet kent: zij is een wetenschapper en haar boeken zijn ook zo geschreven. Dat wil niet zeggen dat ze niet vlot leesbaar zijn maar wel dat het dikke kleppers boordenvol wetenschappelijk onderbouwde feiten zij . Wat haar verhaal belangrijker maakt maar als je op zoek bent naar een makkelijk tussendoortje begin je er beter niet aan.

Naast wetenschappelijk onderbouwde theorie komen er ook veel verhalen uit de praktijk aan bod; van Emily zelf en vrienden/cliënten/… Fijn pluspunt: die verhalen zijn niet allemaal wit, cis, hetero-georiënteerd.

Je leert dat genot belangrijker is dan verlangen, dat het gaat om het wegnemen van remmen eerder dan het proberen aanwakkeren van het gaspedaal, dat normale seks de seks is die jij hebt en dat die in de loop der jaren kan én zal veranderen. Je seksleven bestaat uit seizoenen, je innerlijke wereld bevat kamers en het is handig als je elkaars plattegrond leert kennen en je kan en mag ten alle tijden nee zeggen.

Naast dit boek lezen is praten misschien wel het allerbelangrijkste om goede seks te blijven hebben. Klinkt makkelijk en té eenvoudig als advies maar hoe en waarover je moet praten dat moet je vooral zelf lezen in dit boeiende boek.

Nagoski mag schrijven wat ze wil, ik lees het. Ik leer telkens zo veel bij!
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Els04 | Mar 26, 2024 |



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