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The Clitoral Truth, 2nd Edition

About Pleasure, Orgasm, Female Ejaculation, the G-Spot, and Masturbation

by Rebecca Chalker


Dismissed and misunderstood for hundreds of years, the clitoris is the one part of the female body whose sole purpose is pleasure. The truth is out there, and internationally celebrated sex educator Rebecca Chalker has something to say about it. In The Clitoral Truth, Chalker offers the only mainstream, in-depth exploration devoted solely to women's genital anatomy and sexual response. 

For more than 2,500 years, the clitoris and the penis were presumed to be equivalent in all respects. After the eighteenth century, however, this knowledge was gradually suppressed and forgotten, and the definition of the clitoris as an extensive organ system all but disappeared. During Chalker's tenure as a member of the Federation of Feminist Women's Health Centers, the group helped further the study of the clitoris to unprecedented anatomic precision.

The Clitoral Truth investigates every aspect of this magnificent organ to see how its many parts work together to produce orgasms. The Clitoral Truth also delves into the feminist and sexologist controversy over female ejaculation and surveys the numerous ways that women have begun to transform the deeply entrenched male-centered model of sexuality to redefine their sexuality to emphasize full-body pleasure.

Female readers—straight, lesbian, and bisexual—will learn new routes to sexual pleasure and new ways to enhance their sexual response. Male readers will discover a world they never dreamed of. Here are vivid personal accounts, a savvy, in-depth survey of female sexuality resources, and the bold and explicit illustrations of San Francisco artist Fish. For people who want to expand their sexual horizons: discover The Clitoral Truth.


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“Rebecca Chalker has written a serious, lively, informative, and let’s hope liberating opus on the organ of female sexual pleasure.”

“The Clitoral Truth is Our Bodies, Ourselves; your favorite textbook; a Nancy Drew mystery; and the Good Vibrations catalogue rolled into one.”

“In this handy book, Chalker . . . writes about the rarely discussed subject of female ejaculation, and revels in the many splendors of multiple orgasms.”

“The Clitoral Truth truly reflects the author’s impressive commitment to guide readers to a level of exploration that can only be described as ‘The Joy of Feminist Sex.’”


An internationally renowned women’s health writer and activist, Rebecca Chalker’s books include The Complete Cervical Cap Guide, Overcoming Bladder Disorders, and A Woman’s Book of Choices: Abortion, Menstrual Extraction, RU-486. Chalker is also the editor of A New View of a Woman’s Body and How to Stay Out of the Gynecologist’s Office. Her articles have appeared in Ms., the Village Voice, and Self, as well as several peer-reviewed academic journals. Chalker teaches at Pace University and lives in New York City.