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What's a girl boner?
And why is a woman's pleasure always an afterthought? In Girl Boner: The Good Girl's Guide to Sexual Empowerment, August McLaughlin offers the perfect companion for women of all ages seeking richer, fuller, and more pleasure-filled lives-on their terms.
In a culture where female empowerment is used to sell everything from sex toys to soap, most sex education continues to bypass pleasure. The results are stark-we've grown accustomed to slut- and prude-shaming and allowed others to dictate how a "good girl" is meant to feel, act, and look.
An unfiltered blend of personal narrative and practical tips on relationships, solo play, journaling, gender issues, and more, Girl Boner will "empower you to own your sexual self and enjoy … your whole life a great deal more."
A Note From the Publisher
“August McLaughlin takes on sexuality, body image, depression, and female empowerment head on! One part memoir, one part sociological manifesto = something of interest for women of all ages. She hit the nail on the head with this book. Frank personal stories and interviews interspersed throughout the book help us unpack our personal inner conflicts that when unexamined suck the joy out of the female experience.”
— Cheryl Grant M.A., MFT, psychotherapist
“Discussions about sexual health and desires help young women to better understand who they are. Unfortunately, these conversations are few and far between, leaving many women grappling with their sexual feelings. I cannot think of a more compassionate and sincere person to lead these conversations than August McLaughlin. Her experiences and conversational writing style create a sense of trust for her reader. I would highly recommend Girl Boner in my practice and to my friends.”
— Cora Reidenbach, school psychologist
"It's about time! Girl Boner is the book on female sexual empowerment we've been waiting for. August McLaughlin takes on the question of female pleasure and sexual autonomy in an unflinching, sometimes irreverent and always honest fashion. Opening up about everything from masturbation to anorexia, religion to the cult of female beauty, and everything in between, August shares her story in order to help readers tell their own. I'm so excited to use this book in my university classes about gender and sexuality -- it's the first book I've found that bridges the gap between academic theories of female sexuality and real life. With its confessional style and insightful exercises, reading Girl Boner is like having a sleepover with your cool older sister. This book has the potential not only to empower young women sexually, but to change their lives in radical and important ways."
— Susan Harper, PhD anthropologist, sociologist, sex educator, and instructor of gender studies
“With uncommon intelligence and humor, August tells us everything we want to know about the guilt-free pursuit and enjoyment of female orgasm. Girl Boner is a book every woman should read, including our daughters, not just for the pleasure it offers, but because it validates the link between female orgasm, power, and happiness.” — Ande Lyons, Founder of Bring Back Desire and radio personality
“August McLaughlin is a powerful and necessary voice in a world that is finally ready to listen. Her work to demystify and destigmatize frank talk about sex and sexuality encourages a new generation of women to proudly embrace their personal journeys.” – Dr. Lisa Masterson
- ARC distribution and prepublication buzz campaign to trade and media reviewers, as well as key players in the female sexual health and wellness community
- Major outreach to print and online media
- Author events and appearances
- Regional bookseller association dedicated eblasts
- Targeted trade advertising
- Comprehensive social and digital promotion and advertising campaigns
- Cross promotion on Girl Boner® Radio
- Paid national consumer advertising