My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Nothing will make a woman appreciate modern conveniences more than reading about what women in medieval times had to endure with relation to their womanly parts. In The Medieval Vagina, Harris and Caskey-Sigety provide a humorous glimpse of the way things were in the middle ages. Just about every feminine topic that can be conjured up is discussed—from birth control (or the lack of) to panties (or the lack of) and everything in between. What makes this book worth reading is not simply the thorough historical research shared on the topic (which will definitely come in handy if Jeopardy ever decides to make this a daily double question) but also the method in which the material is delivered. Humor not only makes the information funny to read; it also helps put the information in context of how we think about women’s issues in today’s time. The wit displayed makes this content relevant to the reader. While this is most certainly a very specialized book dealing with one issue at a very specific point in time, women will appreciate knowing the history of those who came before them and how they (and their vaginas) were perceived in society, art, religion, and medicine.