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Nymphomania: A History

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Nymphomania—organic disease, psychological disorder, legal construct, and locker-room joke. Throughout history, it's been all these and more. Today images of sexually available women permeate our culture, and curiosity about nymphomania appears to be as insatiable as the stereotypical nymphomaniac herself. Carol Groneman follows the idea of nymphomania over the last two hu ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 17th 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2000)
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Elly
super promising start, but the end was not only unsatisfying but pretty misleading. groneman's strict adherence to looking at only the diagnostic criteria of nymphomania damages her contemporary research and invalidates a good amount of what she has to say in her final chapter. the book is a good intro to how medicalization fluctuates and varies throughout history, and is very accessible--sometimes at the risk of important nuance and depth.
Greg
The book was a little dry and seemed repetitive in spots but it contained lots of good information.

It's scary to think that in our relatively recent past, a woman who enjoyed sex was determined to be diseased. She would have her clitoris burned off with acid, be forced to stay locked inside her home, had leeches applied to her perineum, and forced to endure twice-daily ice water douches.

It makes me wonder what the future will think about some of today's common medical practices.
Glittervomit
A very well researched book about nymphomania; the history of it, archaic treatments of it, and the current view on it. This dives into the social views that built up the term of nymphomania amazingly well.
Tracy
Great. the section about diagnosed nymphomania/hysteria and forced circumision is eye opening to say the least!
Cherie
B Very interesting
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