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Simone de Beauvoir, Margaret A. Simons, and Marybeth Timmermann

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039003

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039003.001.0001

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Preface to The Sexually Responsive Woman

Preface to The Sexually Responsive Woman

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(p.97) Preface to The Sexually Responsive Woman
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Feminist Writings
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Simone de Beauvoir

Marybeth Timmermann

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039003.003.0013

The Doctors Kronhausen have written a forthright, courageous, and highly rigorous study on the difficult problem of women’s sexuality, about which so little is known. They have gone further and called into question even that which has hitherto been regarded as an unalterable fact of Nature: women’s “physiological destiny.” In this realm as in so many others, male prejudice insists on keeping women in a state of dependency. In contrast to this, the authors grant women an autonomy—both physiological and psychological—equal to that of men....

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