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September 10, 1932

The Art of Being a Woman.

JAMA. 1932;99(11):940. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740630066038

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The background of this book is training in medicine, physiology and adlerian psychology. The book begins with a brief survey of woman's position in society through the ages and particularly the importance of the inferiority complex in an earlier day. The second part is an analysis of adolescents in which incidentally there comes a consideration of the causes of prostitution, with which, however, few authorities will agree. The author takes it for granted that the initial motive is a desire for pleasure and the secondary motive a desire to make money. The book is rather opposed to prohibition, feeling that it makes indulgence in liquor a goal. There are also considerations of homosexuality and its causes. The reasons for failure of most women to marry are given most careful consideration, and also the factors underlying marriage. The points are covered again in the section on sexual adaptation and on the

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