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A Re-Education


240 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: September 2020

ISBN 9781911630029

Rights: US & CA

Atlantic Books, Ltd. (Sep 2020)
Atlantic Books

Price: $15.95


From earliest childhood, girls are misled about their bodies, encouraged to describe their genitalia with cute and silly names rather than anatomically correct terms. In our schools and in our culture, we are coy about women while putting straight men's sexuality front and center. Girls grow up feeling ashamed about their periods, about the appearance of their vulvas, about their own desires. They grow up without a full and honest sex education, and this lack of knowledge has serious consequences. Vagina provides girls and women with information they need about their own bodies—about the vagina, the hymen, the clitoris, the orgasm; about conditions like endometriosis and vulvodynia. It confronts taboos, such as abortion, miscarriage, infertility and masturbation. It tackles vital social issues like period poverty, female genital mutilation and the rights of transgender women. It is honest and moving as Lynn Enright shares her personal stories but this is about more than one woman—this is a book that will provoke thousands of conversations. We urgently need to talk about women's sexual and reproductive health, about our experiences of sex and pregnancy and pain and pleasure. Vagina: A Re-Education will help us do just that.


"Beautiful, well-written and fascinating—for the first time I feel like I PROPERLY understand my vagina! I wish I had read this 23 years ago!" —Scarlett Curtis, author, Feminists Don't Wear Pink (And Other Lies) 

"[A] warm and essential future classic. . . . I can't recommend it enough." —Alexandra Heminsley, author, Running Like a Girl

"Gets to the heart of some of the most urgent issues in female health right now, from the truth about HRT to the gender pain gap. Vagina is vital reading for those who are in possession of one—and those who aren't." —Women's Health  

"Absolutely incredible. It's educational and informative while also managing to be a fierce rallying cry for women." —Louise O'Neill, author, Asking for It

"An illuminating, inclusive, and wide-ranging call for better education and more free discourse about the female body." —Publishers Weekly

Author Biography

Lynn Enright has written for Vogue, the Irish Times, the Guardian, BuzzFeed, Grazia and Stylist. She was a founding member of The Pool.