Rhetoric Seminar on Sexual Frigidity at Mid-Century: The Social Construction of a Public Health Epidemic

November 28, 2011 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

106 Bowman House

POROI (Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry) is pleased to announce a Rhetoric Seminar on Sexual Frigidity at Mid-Century: The Social Construction of  a Public Health Epidemic presented by Professor Leslie Margolin, POROI, Rehabilitation and Counselor Education The University of Iowa. The seminar will take place on Monday, November 28, 2011, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at 106 Bowman House. A light lunch will be served.

Medical discourse on the topic of women's sexual frigidity exploded in the 1940s and 50s, narrowly proscribing women's personalities, attitudes, fantasies and behaviors. This paper examines how mid-century psychiatrists and gynecologists portrayed men and their sexuality as the norm and women and their sexuality as opposite, lesser, deficient–pathological.

This paper is available at poroi.grad.uiowa.edu

POROI encourages seminar guests to read papers in advance of presentations and offers the opportunity for substantial interaction among presenters and audience.

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