Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage
‘Vagina Obscura’ tells readers the history of neglected research into the vagina and its companion organs. Read it with us this September.
Welcome to the SciFri Book Club about Vagina Obscura. There’s lots of ways to participate: Read the book, listen to our author interview, join our online community space, or send a message at (646) 767-6532 or on the SciFri VoxPop app.
This September, the SciFri Book Club will journey into the human body—and contemplate the many ways the vagina, uterus, ovaries, and other nearby organs have been mythologized and misunderstood—with a new book from science writer Rachel E. Gross, Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage. Published earlier this year, this book shows us the myriad of ways we have been wrong about the female reproductive system (including by minimizing these organs to reproductive-only roles), introduces us to the scientists working to expand our knowledge about the vagina et al., and encourages readers to see their body in a whole new light. This work brings together a range of topics, including biology, anatomy, medical history, health and healthcare, representation in science, and more—and we’ll touch on these ideas throughout this Book Club season.
In her superbly written debut, Gross asks us to see the vagina anew and imagine her with newfound complexity. Get your copy from your local bookstore or Bookshop.org.
This Book Club season kicks off Thursday, September 1, and you can read along with us! We’ll be (loosely) following this schedule, but all our readers are welcome to join us at their own pace:
Plus, we’ll be hosting virtual and in-person events throughout the month! Keep an eye out on our website or join our Events newsletter to be the first to know.
There are so many ways to dive in and participate! You can grab a copy of the book (and support the author and SciFri), read an excerpt from Vagina Obscura, join the discussion in our online Book Club community, sign up for our email newsletter, or RSVP for our upcoming Book Club events. Check out all the details below.
If you’d like to purchase a physical copy, we encourage you to start local! Check out the SciFri Book Club partner bookstores and libraries—if you’re in the area, consider supporting your local bookseller or public library (plus, mention our Book Club for a percentage off your purchase at participating shops!).
If they don’t have the book in stock or you’d rather purchase online, you can support Science Friday by buying your copy on our Bookshop.org page.
A celebration of the science knowledge and storytelling talent behind the new book, Vagina Obscura—plus a whole lotta joy.
Want to meet other SciFri Book Club members, talk about the book selection, and find more resources for deeper learning—all without leaving your home? Our community meeting is the place for you!
This discussion meeting will focus on themes and topics featured in Vagina Obscura. You’re welcome to join us no matter your reading progress—come chat with other science-interested folks about anatomy, medical history, representation in science, and more!
And as you start reading, join us on our online community space: the Science Friday Book Club is now on Mighty Networks, a platform where we can gather, read and discuss science books together. We’ve built this community space because you told us you wanted a better way to be connected with other SciFri Book Clubbers, and we hope you’ll join us there!
Not sure this is the book for you? Want to read an excerpt before you commit? We’ve got you covered.
W. W. Norton, the publisher of Vagina Obscura, has offered SciFri Book Clubbers an excerpt of the book! You can read this sample on our website.