'A meticulous guide not only to the vagina but to changing perceptions of womanhood' OBSERVER
'An empowering and enlightening book' IRISH TIMES
The vagina is the ultimate symbol of female power. Sexual power, creative power and the power to prevent harm. For too long, though, the true extent of vaginal power has been ignored, hidden and misrepresented.
RAISING THE SKIRT: THE UNSUNG POWER OF THE VAGINA reveals this revolutionary view of female genitalia and points the way to a new understanding of what it means to be female. An inspiration for millennia, the vagina is actually a muscular marvel of engineering - sensitive and strong, fluid and flexible. Far from being a passive vessel, female genitalia control the most important role of all: the survival of the species.
Originally published as THE STORY OF V: OPENING PANDORA'S BOX
A meticulous guide not only to the vagina but to changing perceptions of womanhood - OBSERVER
Reveals the ancient and newfound powers of the vagina ... if we only knew what we had under our skirts. Learn the story - read this book
A persuasive and exhaustive study of the history, culture and reproductive power of female genitalia ... the author is a phenomenal researcher and movingly enthusiastic about her special subject - GUARDIAN
Sings of the triumphant vagina that may have its detractors in the West but elsewhere - and in nature - is heroic, honoured and revered.... The West gets it wrong - TLS
Her quest moves from the mythic to the scientific, presented in a lively, accessible style - well-researched, convincingly argued - an empowering and enlightening book - IRISH TIMES
Dr Catherine Blackledge is a science communicator and sex and fertility campaigner whose career and interests span the worlds of science and the taboo in society. The first edition of this book, The Story of V (2003), an internationally-acclaimed celebration of the vagina and female power, has sold over 100,000 copies, been translated into ten languages and published in 13 countries.
She is also the author of The Man Who Saw the Future: a biography of William Lilly, the story of the world famous seventeenth-century astrologer whose celestial forecasts enthralled the nation and changed the course of the English Civil War, and how the Establishment attempted to silence him and astrology for good (Watkins, 2015).
Born in 1968, she has a science degree and PhD. She lives in northwest England with her husband, daughter and cat. She can be contacted on Twitter at @cathblackledge and would like to hear about your raising the skirt - anasyrma - stories from around the globe.