Women’s Sexual Experience

Explorations of the Dark Continent

  • Martha Kirkpatrick

Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. The General Condition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Helen S. Kaplan, Erica Sucher
      Pages 3-16
    3. Gail Elizabeth Wyatt, June Dobbs Butts
      Pages 17-43
    4. Marlene Echohawk, Joan Crofut Weibel
      Pages 45-60
    5. Lillian B. Rubin, Leslie R. Schover
      Pages 61-86
    6. B. Genevay, J. Robert Bragonier
      Pages 87-105
  3. Special Circumstances

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Louise Armstrong
      Pages 109-126
    3. Roland Summit
      Pages 127-150
    4. Merle G. Church
      Pages 151-166
    5. Max Sugar
      Pages 167-177
    6. Miriam Tasini
      Pages 179-184
    7. Rachel Edgarde Pape, Judith E. Vida
      Pages 185-204
    8. Elissa Benedek, Richard Vaughn, Lidia M. Rubinstein
      Pages 205-226
    9. Lloyd M. Levin, Joann Delora Sandlin
      Pages 227-245
    10. Del Martin, Harold P. Blum
      Pages 247-267
    11. Jennifer James, Lois Lee
      Pages 269-294
    12. Edward M. Brecher, King K. Holmes
      Pages 295-319
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 321-328

About this book


This book, like its companion volume, Women's Sexual Development, is a potpourri of ideas, not campaign literature to promote a particular point of view. The editor agrees with some of her authors and strongly disagrees with others. The "facts" are few, the questions many. The intent of both books is to evoke questions, delay convictions, invite controversy, and plead for opening minds. The examination and ex­ planation of women's sexual experience has long been the province of men. The "is" and the "oughts" have been hopelessly confused by the investigators' (or exhorters') biases and limited experience, as well as by the use of the male sexual experience as the model for all human sexual experience. Women, at long last, are talking not only to each other, in personal journals and letters, but also in the more formal worlds of academic and scientific publications. The papers in this book come from many sources. Some are aca­ demic; some are experiential, journalistic, or personal. Several empha­ size the lack of adequate research and data but address an issue that is just appearing on the surface of contemporary controversy and con­ cern. Many topics and sources of information are missing.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Martha Kirkpatrick
    • 1
  1. 1.University of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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