PODCAST: Naomi Wolf’s Vagina & the Science of Female Pleasure


Meghan Murphy speaks with neuroscience journalist, Maia Szalavitz, about some of the controversial claims made about female sexuality in Naomi Wolf’s new book, Vagina.

In her article, ‘Naomi Wolf’s Vagina Aside, What Neuroscience Really Says About Female Desire‘, Szalavitz debunks many of Wolf’s conclusions around the science of female sexual pleasure, including the ways she misrepresents the role that the brain and neurochemicals play in our love lives.

While the female orgasm has long been subject to debate among scientists and feminists alike, this fascinating interview connects scientific findings and feminist ideology in a way that Wolf and many others have failed to do in the past.

Maia Szalavitz has authored several books, including: Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential — and Endangered. She has been published in TIME Magazine, the New York Times, Elle, Scientific American Mind, the Washington Post, New Scientist and Psychology Today.

PODCAST: Naomi Wolf's Vagina & the Science of Female Pleasure
Meghan Murphy

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist from Vancouver, BC. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, Quillette, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and is now exiled in Mexico with her very photogenic dog.