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Masturbation in Women

  • Virginia Lawson Clower
Part of the Women in Context book series (WICO)

Abstract

This paper attempts to delineate the role of masturbation in female sexual development and function. There is little on this topic in the literature of any discipline. Long after medical and religious taboos against masturbation in human males gave way to more enlightened scientific and humanistic attitudes, masturbation in the female was felt to be somehow not right. The prevailing point of view seemed to be that psychologically healthy girls and women do not practice genital self-stimulation as a rule. Like so many other aspects of female sexual development, the entire subject has been obscure and myth-ridden.

Keywords

Sexual Response Labium Minora Vaginal Penetration Internal Genitalia Psychosexual Development 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Virginia Lawson Clower
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  1. 1.Training and Supervising Analyst, Adult and Child PsychoanalysisNew Orleans Psychoanalytic InstituteNew OrleansUSA

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