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The nature and evolution of female sexuality Paperback – 1973

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394718062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394718064
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,456,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Starlight on April 3, 2014
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This book reveals astonishing and mind blowing information of the kind that most people would never ever want to believe. However, it reveals the actual truth; and I love Ms. Sherfey for that. For writing the truth irrespective of whether anyone wishes to accept it or not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 27, 2013
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Mary Jane Sherfey (1918-1983) was an American psychiatrist, who was on the staff of the Payne Whitney Clinic of the New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center. She wrote in the Preface of this 1972 book, "Three phenomena of female sexuality are unique (or almost so) to [humans] and remain inadequately understood: the premenstrual tension syndrome; our 'silent' ovulation, i.e., the escape from estrus periodically bringing on our capacity for continuous sexual arousal; and (questionably) the orgasm in women. I would like to show that these three uniquely human characteristics are related to each other and are the result of evolution of man from the quadrupedal to the bipedal posture, and with the development of man's other unique characteristics, resulted in the human mating system." (Pg. ix-x)

She observes, "The biologists have tended lately to discount sexuality as a strong evolutionary force, but viewed in the light of the evolution of the innately female genitals and the biological inseparability of sexuality and procreation, the importance of the sexual drive can hardly be denied." (Pg. 52)

She defends the research of Masters and Johnson in Human Sexual Response. (Pg. 56-57) She summarizes, "To all intents and purposes, the human female is sexually insatiable in the presence of the highest degree of sexual satiation." (Pg. 112) She adds, "there is no such thing as psychopathoogical clitoral fixation; there are only varying degrees of vaginal insensitivity and coital frigidity." (Pg.
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