Date(s) - 03/23/18
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Third Place Books Seward Park


The Wonder Down Under is a comprehensive guide to a miraculous and complex part of the body that too few of us (regardless of gender) are all that familiar with–the vagina. With wisdom, humor, and scientific aplomb, medical students and sex educators Nina Brochmann and Ellen Stokken Dahl take readers on a fascinating journey of female sexual organs and sexual health–from the clitoris to contraception to cervical cancer.

More than a user’s manual, this book is demystification, and tribute to the vagina that we have been waiting for. The Wonder Down Under is filled with astonishing, important, and little-known information–relayed with both medical expertise and genuine empathy. Did you know, for instance, that female and male sex organs are merely variations on the same basic structure? Or that there’s no such thing as a virginity test–because a broken hymen is not a meaningful indicator of whether or not someone’s had sex?

Brochmann and Dahl have written a tour-de-force about the biology, anatomy, and reality of the female body, stopping along the way to explain how misinformation and silence about the vagina have been harmful to women over time. The Wonder Down Under makes crucial contributions to the discussion: the book was an instant bestseller that sold out in its native Norway in just three days. Since then it has been acquired by publishers in more than two dozen countries around the world.

The Wonder Down Under is a joyful and indispensable book that will educate readers of all kinds and equip a new generation to make informed choices about their sexual health and happiness.

Nina Brochmann and Ellen Stokken Dahl are Oslo-based medical students who have, for several years, worked as educators in sexual health advising young people and minority groups. In 2015 they started the blog The Genital Area (Underlivet), with the aim of dispelling myths around female sexual health.