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The Sexual Revolution: Toward a Self-governing Character Structure

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In this book, Wilhelm Reich summarizes the criticism of the prevailing sexual conditions and conflicts as it resulted from his sex-economic medical experiences over a period of years. He demonstrates, by way of individual examples, the general basic traits of the conflicts in presentday sexual living, dealing particularly with the institution of marriage and the revolution ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published January 1st 1963 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1936)
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Thomas Baughman
If possible read the first German edition of 1936. The American edition published in the early 40's bleached out the Marxist component of the book.
Oct 19, 2015 Eric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Students of western culture
Both astounding and confirmatory. A full scale assault, under the guise of science, on traditional sexual morality, promising Utopia, if sexual expression at all levels is promoted and achieved. Reich also blends Marxism with sexuality, giving sexuality primary historical basis for causing economic exploitation of the masses. Written decades before the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the USSR, the Marxist cant gets repetitive and a little distracting. However, much of the proposed sexual freedom pr ...more
Dec 07, 2007 علی rated it really liked it
absolutly knowledgable, ...
ظاهرن "گوش کن آدمک" تنها اثر ویلهم رایش، روانشناس، پژوهشگر و زیباشناس آلمانی ست که توسط حسین آقایاری به فارسی ترجمه شده و البته در خارج از کشور چاپ و منتشر شده است. انتشارات نوید، آلمان، 1365
دکتر رایش که به متخصص امور جنسی هم مشهور است و آثار تکان دهنده ای در این زمینه نوشته، بانی نگاهی تازه به مساله جنس ، بدن زن و مرد و بنیادهای فیزیکی و روانی مسایل جنسی ست.
اثار او بصورت گسترده ای در همه ی زبان های اروپایی مورد استفاده قرار گرفته و در اکثر انستیتوها جزو ماده های درسی
May 15, 2015 Grace rated it liked it
Shelves: feminism, marxism
Pretty interesting. The part analyzing the Soviet Revolution was particularly interesting. However, there's a lot of bad opinions in here. Reich, for example, believes homosexuality is in most cases caused by the inhibition of heterosexual impulses, and that if we all have access to free, fulfilling heterosexual sex, homosexuality will disappear. Reich's attitudes towards mental illness also are bad and potentially oppressive in my opinion. I think this book would be interesting if rewritten aft ...more
Apr 23, 2016 Kevin rated it really liked it
Honestly, I only read the first half—not because I didn't like it, but because I'm reading it to write a paper, and I think the first half gave me what I need for now. I'll go back and get the rest another time (maybe).

I was led to believe it would be excessively "dense," but I didn't find it too bad. Maybe I had a good translation or something. I appreciated Reich's theories and observations about the connections between sexual morality and the authoritarian state, although I often wished he'd
Clara banjo
Brave Reich qui a eu le courage de s'opposer à Freud frontalement et qui fut à l'origine de la libération sexuelle avant 1960 et ce, de manière scientifique. On lui doit Les Enfants de SummerHill à Ipswich, entre autre. Comme l'ingénuité n'advient pas par hasard W.Reich a connu son lot de souffrance et une fin tragique en défiant l'autorité américaine avec sa théorie Orgone.

Brave W. Reich!

Come and have a look at what free education was at summerhill:
Don Wilton
Feb 09, 2016 Don Wilton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anarchy, peace
Make love not war.
Жанна Пояркова
Dec 27, 2012 Жанна Пояркова rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cool-non-fiction
Прекрасная книга, которую должен прочитать каждый. Жаль только, что ситуация с браком и переживанием сексуальных удовольствий так и не изменилась. Вокруг все та же репрессивная мораль и "счастливое детство".
Paula Kirman
Nov 25, 2013 Paula Kirman rated it liked it
This could have been called Sexuality for Marxists, using the old Soviet Union as a case study. Outdated in a number of ways but a fascinating read exploring social science.
Jan 03, 2009 Kevin rated it really liked it
much more concrete than i expected and the nuances of what lays beyond the basic components of sexuality is endless...the word revolution is accurate.
Jérémi Doyon
Oct 15, 2015 Jérémi Doyon rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychanalyse
La première partie est excellente, mais la deuxième perd tout son coté scientifique pour laisser place à son idéologie politique communiste.
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Jun 10, 2008 Karen wako rated it really liked it
I love how he thinks though I don't agree with everything he says. A must read for the serious revolutionary.
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Jewish Austrian-American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.

Reich was a respected analyst for much of his life, focusing on character structure, rather than on individual neurotic symptoms. He promoted adolescent sexuality, the availability of contraceptives and abortion, and the importance for women of economic independence. Synthesizing material from psychoanalysis, cultural anthropology, economics,
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“Celui qui ne meurt pas de faim n'a pas d'impulsion au vol et n'a donc pas besoin d'une moralité qui l'empêche de voler. La même loi fondamentale vaut pour la sexualité : celui qui est sexuellement satisfait n'a pas d'impulsion à violer et n'a pas besoin d'une moralité contrariant cette impulsion. Il s'agit d'une auto-régulation selon l'économie sexuelle, opposée à la régulation morale coercitive. (p. 38, Préface de la seconde édition)” 1 likes
“Voici quelques types de réactions anormales : mourir de faim face à l'abondance ; rester exposé au froid, à la pluie et à la neige, en présence de charbon, de matériel de construction et de place pour bâtir ; croire qu'une puissance divine à longue barbe blanche régit toutes choses et que l'on est à la merci de cette puissance pour le bien comme pour le mal ; massacrer d'innocentes personnes avec enthousiasme, et croire que l'on doit conquérir une région dont on n'avait jamais entendu parler auparavant ; marcher en haillons et se considérer en même temps comme le représentant de la "grandeur de la nation" ; oublier ce qu'un politicien avait promis avant de devenir chef de l'Etat ; déléguer à quelque individu que ce soit, fussent-ils hommes d'Etat, un pouvoir quasi absolu sur sa propre vie et son propre destin ; être incapable de comprendre que les soi-disant grands timoniers de l'Etat doivent eux aussi dormir, manger, répondre à l'appel de la nature, qu'eux aussi sont gouvernés par des pulsions affectives inconscientes et incontrôlables, et souffrent de dérangements sexuels comme tout autre mortel ; considérer comme évident qu'il faut battre les enfants dans l'intérêt de la "culture" ; refuser aux adolescents, qui sont dans la fleur de l'âge, le bonheur de l'union sexuelle ; et l'on peut multiplier les exemples à l'infini. (p. 29-30, Préface de la deuxième édition)” 0 likes
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