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August 26, 1950

FRIGIDITY

JAMA. 1950;143(17):1514. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910520056025

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  The article by Kroger and Freed on "Psychosomatic Aspects of Frigidity" in The Journal, June 10, page 526, is deserving of high praise. Nevertheless, it contains statements I must challenge.In the first paragraph on page 529, under "Diagnosis of Frigidity," the statement "The woman has absolutely no control over the muscles involved in these involuntary contractions" is contrary to the facts. Some women do and some do not have such control, just as some can and some cannot wiggle their ears. In each case there is some reason to believe that most could learn such control if they set out to do so.I also criticize the last full sentence in the first column on page 528: "The 'normal' woman, during the sex act, should be passive and receptive of the penis." Here is the enthronement of personal prejudice as "normality" and "morality" that is the

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