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there are men whose intensity of response to children is almost as great as any woman's. Undoubtedly
occupation in other than the traditional woman's field is weakening the maternal feeling or is at least
competing with it in a way that divides the modern mother's emotions and purposes and is largely responsible
for her restless nervousness. This I think may safely be stated: that industry, athleticism, education, late
marriage, etc., are not making for better physical motherhood. On the contrary, the modern woman has a
harder time in bearing her children, and worst of all she is showing either a reluctance or an inability to nurse CHAPTER XIV. 118 them. Small families are becoming the rule, especially among the better to do. On the other hand, the history
of the home is the gradual domestication of the man, his greater devotion to the children and to his wife. The
increase in divorce has its roots in social issues too big to be discussed with profit here, but perhaps the
principal item is the emancipation of woman who is now freer to decline unsatisfactory relations with her
 "The Nervous Housewife."
2. The sex passion, as a direct feeling, is undoubtedly stronger in the male, as it is biologically necessary it
should be, since upon him devolves the active part in the sex relationship. The sexologists point out two
types of sex feeling, one of which is supposed to be typically male, the other typically female.
 See Havelock Ellis, Krafft-Ebbing, Freud.
The male feeling is called sadism, after an infamous nobleman who wrote on the subject. It is a delight in
power, especially in cruelty, and shows itself in a desire for the subjection of the female. In its pathological
forms it substitutes cruelty for the sexual relation, and we have thus the horrible Jack the Rippers, etc. The
Freudians go to the extreme of seeing in all love of power a sadism, but the truth is that the sadistic impulse is
the love of power, cruelly or roughly expressed in...
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Kannan during the Spring '11 term at Anna University Chennai - Regional Office, Coimbatore.
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