Female Orgasms Are Brought Out of the Shadows and Into the Spotlight in an Exciting New Book

by Julia Zdrojewski
Heads up BUSTies! A new book is out and it’s called Orgasm. Intrigued yet? The result of a collaboration between award-winning photographer Linda Troeller and author/ ethnographer Marion Schneider, Orgasm (Daylight Books) aims to discuss and accurately portray women’s sexuality, specifically as it relates to the female orgasm, through personal stories and visual images. 
The book, after ten years of hard work and research, is a follow-up to the 1998 volume, The Erotic Lives of Women, which went on to be called, “one of the gutsiest books of the decade,” by The New York Times Review of Books. 
In the work, twenty-five women of different ages, nationalities, as well as social and cultural backgrounds participate by engaging in conversations regarding their experiences with orgasms, both independently and with partners. During the investigation, Schneider asks participants five different questions, which were then audiotaped, as Troeller captures their immediate reactions through photographs.
Participant questions included:
“What does the word orgasm mean to you?” 
“Can you remember your first orgasm and show the feelings to the camera?” 
“Can you remember your strongest orgasm and show the feelings to the camera?”
“Do you have fantasies when you create or experience an orgasm?”
“What is the future of orgasm in society / in the world?”
Did you all just answer those questions in your head? Because I did. Go ahead… I’ll wait…. just tell me when you’re close…
This in depth investigation leads to one main overarching question: what does female sexuality look like (literally and figuratively) in the 21st century?
A few bonus topics include: Are we more comfortable with our sexuality? Are we willing to be more assertive with what we want and like? Is it all just personal preference or still too personal to discuss?
The book Orgasm: Photographs and Interviews by Linda Troeller and Marion Schneider is out tomorrow, November 5th, and will include a seven city book tour in Germany. Hurry and pick up your copy!
Images via Daylight Books & Giphy 

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