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Incorporating a big variety of women's voices and relationships, including historic goddess archetypes, this exact quantity takes an intimate examine the transformative energy of women's sexual experiences. unique. 25, 000 first printing".

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Isn’t sex a very private matter? Don’t we have enough sexual titillation in our society? ” My interest in women’s sexual journeys is based on my belief that sex is an inherently sacred and soulful force, and that if we look carefully, with an open mind, we will find that our sexual stories yield rich spiritual nourishment. Women have always found sacredness in the midst of the ordinary, harvesting spiritual wisdom from the fields and forests of their everyday embodied experience. Yet, especially in sexual matters, our knowledge has remained largely unspoken, as if we were creatures of the sea who float and turn silently in the depths, graceful but mute.

Anaïs Nin When women get together, they tell stories. This is how it has always been. Telling stories is our way of saying who we are, where we have come from, what we know, and where we might be headed. We have many different kinds of stories. Some we share without a moment’s hesitation, like plums from a tree laden with more fruit than we can possibly use. Others are like prize roses that we save for special friends. And then there are the stories we never tell, the ones we pack away in boxes and shove into the very back corner of our psychic basement.

Reprinted by permission. The author wishes to thank Diane Wolkstein and Samuel Noah Kramer for their book Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth; Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer (New York: Harper & Row, 1983). ACKNOWLEDGMENTS My deepest gratitude goes to all the women who recognized the healing potential of this project and dared to share their stories with such courage and honesty. Your stories are the lifeblood of this book, its passion, strength, and vitality. I offer Aphrodite’s Daughters into your hands as a piece of your own flesh, a spark of your own soul, and a mirror in which to contemplate your own miraculous nature.

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