Winifred Milius Lubell
Vanderbilt University Press, 1994.
Paperback, 219 pages
Of Baubo and Her Sisters
Although the title is slightly misleading and the sub-title is more to the point, this study of female sexuality, as discernible from mythology and sacred art, is a thorough and interesting one.
Author Lubell, herself a graphic artist, has compiled the most fascinating stories and explicit artwork that support the fact that the vulva, and thus female sexuality, has been respected, revered and worshipped by cultures more smart and more honest than our own.
The publisher, on the back cover, still thinks of these expressions of womanhood as "deviant" and "disturbing", but the reader of this book (or these pages) will know or find out that they are not; especially if one looks further afar than this study does. The author's enquiry concentrates on Europe, with a few detours into Africa and a very few into Asia.
Richly illustrated, although with B/W line art only.