by Melanie Weiss

Know Touching

The one paragraph in English on Gili Pliskin’s website ( closes with “the pleasure is all yours,” which might be a strange introduction were not Pliskin the author of Dvarim Sheratziti Laga’at or Know Touching (sometimes translated from the Hebrew as Things I Wanted to Touch), a revolutionary new book about female masturbation. Pliskin interviewed women across the spectrum of Israeli society — old and young, religious and secular, Ashkenazi and Mizrachi (as well as one Israeli Arab), lesbian and straight. And what she found was revealing: Israeli women have, by and large, accepted the idea that masturbation is shameful and wrong, and that it can even cause physical damage:

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