Adora Svitak

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Adora Svitak is a graduate student at Yale in the joint PhD in Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She focuses on gender, power, and intimate life, exploring topics like sexual response and the production and reception of "heteropessimistic" contemporary literary fiction. Prior to Yale, she worked at the non-profit that operates Wikipedia. Adora considers literature both a source of creative joy and an integral form of sociological data.

The Man’s Definitive Guide to the Female Orgasm

In an essay about guides to women’s orgasm in the form of sex manuals directed at heterosexual men, Adora Svitak examines the wish for a reproducible, mechanical way of producing orgasm.

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