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Forbidden Flowers by Nancy Friday is a book which explores women's sexual fantasies. It can be read on two levels: as a detailed feminist analysis of the development of women's fantasies against a background of sexual liberation, and a series of candid, erotic fantasies guaranteed to titillate both male and female readers.[citation needed]

Forbidden Flowers is part of a series of three books. Friday began her research for the first book, My Secret Garden, in 1968, and this second book, its sequel, was begun in 1973. She is thus able to compare how the fantasies have changed over the five-year period, and note women's reactions to the first book, which shocked many by revealing how many women fantasize sexually. A third book, Women on Top, was published in 1991.[citation needed]

In addition to this series, Friday has written a number of other books examining male and female sexuality. These are entitled My Mother/My Self, Men in Love, Jealousy, and The Power of Beauty.[citation needed]

The origins and uses of women's fantasiesEdit

Forbidden Flowers is divided into two parts, the first part examining where sexual fantasies come from, looking at the influences of childhood and adolescence, women looking at men, and sexual frustration.[citation needed] The second part looks at the uses of these fantasies, in daydreaming and masturbation, during sex, and making fantasies come true.[citation needed] Each of the eight chapters is illustrated by examples of fantasies from women who have written to Friday.[citation needed] As the book was written in the seventies, some of the stories have a definite seventies feel about them.[original research?][citation needed]


  • Forbidden Flowers, Nancy Friday, Arrow Books, 1994
  • Women on Top, Nancy Friday, BCA, 1991