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Comparative Literature and Culture
Comparative Literature and Culture 2125A/B
Andrea Allen

THE SEXUAL SOLIPSISM OF SIGMUND FREUD  The feminine mystique derived its power from Freudian thought  No one can question the basic grnius of Freud’s discoveries nor the contribution he has made to our culture  But I do question the application of the Freudian theory of femininity to women today  I think much of the Freudian theory about women is obsolescent, an obstacle to truth for women in America today  Yet Freudian thought helped create a new superego that paralyzes education modern American women – a new tyranny that should which chains women to an old image, prohibits choice and growth and denies them individual identity  Freudian thought has become the ideological bulwark of the sexual counter revolution  He was a prisoner of his own culture. As he was creating a new framework for our culture, he could not escape the framework of his own  A fundamental statement about truth to say that no social scientist can completely free himself from the prison of his own culture; he can only interpret what he observes in the scientific framework of his own time  Much of what Freud believed to be biological, instinctual and changeless has been shown by modern research to be a result of specific cultural causes  His attempt to translate all psychological phenomena into sexual terms, and to see all problems of adult personality as the effect of childhood sexual fixations  The whole superstructure of Freudian theory rests on the strict determinism that characterized the scientific thinking of the Victorian era  Child specialists today confirm Freud’s observation that problems between mother and child in the earliest of stages are often played out in terms of eating; later in toilet training  Freud didn’t see this attitude as a problem, or cause for any problem in women. It was women’s nature to be ruled by man and her sickness to envy him  In his own life, he was relatively uninterested in sex  He was too rigid a moralist to seek sexual satisfaction outside of marriage  Freud’s deviation from the average in this respect, as well as his pronounced mental bisexuality may well have influenced his theoretical views to some extent  Freud’s love could be set free and displayed only under very favorable conditions, Martha was probably afraid of the masterful lover and she would commonly take refuge in silence  The limitless subservience of woman taken for granted by Freud’s culture, the very lack of opportunity for independent action or pe
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