Coming to power: women's fake orgasms and best orgasm experiences illuminate the failures of (hetero)sex and the pleasures of connection

  title={Coming to power: women's fake orgasms and best orgasm experiences illuminate the failures of (hetero)sex and the pleasures of connection},
  author={Breanne Fahs},
  journal={Culture, Health \& Sexuality},
  pages={974 - 988}
  • Breanne Fahs
  • Published 30 July 2014
  • Psychology
  • Culture, Health & Sexuality
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