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August 1937

Frigidity in Women: Its Characteristics and Treatment.

Arch NeurPsych. 1937;38(2):444. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1937.02260200216021

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The book opens with the statement that the female sex in general exhibits a deficiency in the field of sexual gratification. Frigidity apparently is a widespread biologic phenomenon, as in the animal kingdom males often possess some sort of clasping apparatus to hold the female during the sexual act. Such appendages become rudimentary when fully functioning extremities appear. The authors refuse to accept a pessimistic point of view in regard to women, arguing that in women there are well developed sex glands which secrete a variety of hormones. Sociologic factors, especially the manner in which girls are brought up, contribute a great deal toward subsequent frigidity. Various symptoms of frigidity observed by the gynecologist are discussed at length. The extreme threat to marriage which female frigidity presents is emphasized. The authors believe that frigidity, widespread as it is, becomes a definite threat to the institution of monogamous marriage and strongly

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