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Hypnography for WomenReview - Hypnography for Women
by Sean Ryan
Passion Press, 1998
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D.
Aug 22nd 2003 (Volume 7, Issue 34)

Hypnography for Women has an exactly parallel structure to Hypnography for Men, and many of the comments I made about the latter apply to the former. It is a self-help audiobook with a relaxation exercise and guided fantasy that is meant to take the listener into some sort of hypnotized state and through repeated listening, to be more sexually activated and receptive to erotic enjoyment. The meditation then moves into a fantasy of being in a safe private place where the listener can be naked and feel good about her appearance. She steps into a warm bathtub and her body feels wonderful. Her body starts to increase in its sensitivity and receptivity to pleasure. She becomes full of sensual excitement. The bath has an exotic and magical bath oil that makes her skin soft and even more sensitive to touch. She relaxes further as her body starts to tingle. Then into her fantasy walks the most handsome man she has ever seen, and he is wearing a revealing satin bathrobe. He has a strong body and a god-like face. He starts to caress her with his strong fingers and tells her to relax. Her arousal increases further and she relaxes even more. She becomes highly aware of the excitement in every part of her body. He kisses her while never stopping telling her to relax. She is intoxicated by his masculine smell. She wants him inside her and he slowly and steadily complies with her wish. They adopt the missionary style. She is close to orgasm from the very start of their coupling, and she is full of excitement. She also tells herself to relax and she gets ready for a powerful orgasm. He pushes himself inside her and she enjoys the feeling tremendously. He maintains a rhythm and she has an extended and steadily increasing climax. He ejaculates a healthy amount of his magical semen inside of her and this leads her orgasm to release fully, as she relaxes her experience reaches a peak. After, she enjoys the feeling and is more confident and at ease with her own sexuality. She is free to enjoy sexual satisfaction.

Maybe listening to this fantasy will help some women; I don't know, and the makers of the tape don't provide any evidence that it is therapeutic. I have to say, though, that I would be surprised if it were helpful. Far be it for me to cast aspersions on fantasies, but it is hard for me to imagine anyone I know listening to this one without bursting into uncontrollable giggles when it gets to the "magical semen," and giggling is likely to bring the listener out of the hypnotic trance, if she was ever in one. On the other hand, it is probably true that for any sexual fantasy, what appeals to some is going to seem ridiculous or even offensive to others, so potential purchasers of this fantasy should at least be aware of what it promises to make sure that it suits their tastes. This fantasy seems very traditional in its assignment of gender roles, making the woman the passive recipient of pleasure, lying in the missionary position, while the man thrusts in and out. At the same time, it strikes me as strangely heartless, describing anonymous sex with a stranger. It is often claimed that male erotic fantasy is more about uncontextualized sex acts while women's erotic life is more about emotions, relationships and seduction. If this characterization is right (and I am not necessarily saying it is), then this fantasy seems closer to a male than a female variety.

So I would not recommend this audiobook to anyone I know, but that's not to say that some people won't find it helpful. Even if it causes you to giggle, that's not such a terrible result.

 

2004 Christian Perring. All rights reserved.

 

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Christian Perring, Ph.D., is Academic Chair of the Arts & Humanities Division and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Dowling College, Long Island. He is also editor of Metapsychology Online Review.  His main research is on philosophical issues in medicine, psychiatry and psychology.


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