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The Wonder Down Under


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Medical student Ellen Stokken Dahl and Dr. Nina Brochmann, MD are Oslo-based sex educators who have worked for several years advising young people on matters of sexual health. In 2015, they started the blog Underlivet ("The Genitals"), with the aim of dispelling myths around female sexual health; eventually, the sheer number of questions they received led them to create The Wonder Down Under. The book became an instant bestseller in Norway and has now been translated into more than thirty languages and published around the world. Their TEDxOslo video "The Virginity Fraud" has been viewed more than 2 million times.


"You appear to have a world map between your legs, with many unknown tracks. This book is your Lonely Planet guide for down under. Travel all over the world!"--Women's Health, Dutch edition
"If you are raising a young person with a vagina and a brain, give them this book. And get another copy for yourself. It's delightfully sciencey and funny with a big dose of sex-positive warmth."--Emily Nagoski, New York Times bestselling author of Come As You Are
"The authors are at their best when they reassure readers about the many myths surrounding female anatomy and normal functions, such as menstruation, sex, desire, or masturbation. Practical advice, based on research about contraception, sex, and gynecological problems such as fibroids or endometriosis, is also given in a clear and easy-to-read fashion. This book provides more in-depth and up-to-date information about a specific area than the more general Our Bodies, Ourselves...A must for all women and all health-care providers who work with women."
--Library Journal
(Starred Review)

"[Nina and Ellen] take a logical approach to every aspect of a woman's below-the-belt health. They deliver lots of useful information, mixing in plenty of bizarre facts, weird trivia, and pop-culture references while still cheerfully setting the record straight...which goes to the prime point of The Wonder Down Under -knowledge is power."
--Jacqueline Cutler, New York Daily News

"A comprehensive introduction to this glorious body part...The engaging writing, cute graphics, and solid info make this vital reading."
--Ann Mayhew, BUST

"I found myself wishing that I had possessed this book not only when I had been in my teens and first sexually active, but also as a mother...Its user-friendly layout and judgment-free discussions offer lots of information. Whether used as an introductory guide for young women or to answer questions when you think you "know it all," this book has multiple uses and offers moments of delight."
--Lorraine Berry, Rewire

"The Wonder Down Under aims to educate women about their vaginas 'without even a whiff of shame'...Fascinating."
--Charmain Chan, South China Morning Post

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