Frigid Woman…

February 22, 2015


The concept of the ‘frigid woman’ was invented to explain why women were resisting this change in men’s sexual expectations [the expectation that they actively enjoy and willingly engage in intercourse] and was used as a weapon to worry women into compliance. The sexologists did not suddenly take a humanitarian interest in maximizing women’s sexual response. Rather they took an interest in quelling feminism and women’s critique of men’s sexual behaviour by eliciting from women a sexual response the sexologists believed to be intrinsically linked with total surrender to men’s power and dominance.

Sheila Jeffreys
The Spinster and Her Enemies