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The Long Sexual RevolutionEnglish Women, Sex, and Contraception 1800-1975$
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Hera Cook

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199252183

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199252183.001.0001

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‘The Vagina too, Responds’: Vaginal Orgasms, Clitoral Masturbation, Feminism, and Sex Research 1920–1975

‘The Vagina too, Responds’: Vaginal Orgasms, Clitoral Masturbation, Feminism, and Sex Research 1920–1975

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(p.245) 11 ‘The Vagina too, Responds’: Vaginal Orgasms, Clitoral Masturbation, Feminism, and Sex Research 1920–1975
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The Long Sexual Revolution
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Hera Cook (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199252183.003.0012

This chapter concludes the section on sex manuals and relates sources with an analysis of post-World War II sex research into heterosexual physical sexual practice and, in particular, female orgasm. It includes discussions about sex counsellors Dr Joan Malleson and Lena Levine; the Kinsey Reports; Masters and Johnson; and second wave feminists. It argues that the sensitivity and responsiveness of the vagina was underestimated in reaction to the Freudian rejection of clitoral sensation.

Keywords:   clitoral sensation, second wave feminism, Masters and Johnson, Kinsey, Dr. Joan Malleson, Lena Levine

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