The Wonder Down Under
The Insider's Guide to the Anatomy, Biology, and Reality of the Vagina
by Ellen Støkken Dahl and Nina Brochmann, MD
Pub Date 06 Mar 2018
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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.
"You appear to have a world map between your legs, with many unknown tracks. This book is your Lonely Planet guide for down under. Travel all over the world!" --- Women's Health, Dutch edition
"It is one thing to share research and facts; it is another thing entirely to engage a young audience. The authors succeed at both . . . Behind the research, facts, and footnotes, there is a genuine desire to intrigue us, engage us, advise us--and make us less embarrassed about--our own genitals . . . One can only hope this book is purchased for school libraries across the world--and maybe even becomes part of the science curriculum." --- Ellen Sofie Lauritzen, Morgenbladet
"A pleasure . . . Dahl and Brochmann shatter myth after myth, all in language that is factual, easily understandable, engaging, uplifting, and witty at the same time--this book is quite simply absolutely brilliant." --- Faedrelandsvennen
"Demystifies female genitalia in detail . . . The Wonder Down Under is a complete and meticulous Bible of the only religion that really matters: to be more informed and happy about our own bodies." --- Tati Bernardi, Folha de São Paulo