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Anne Koedt is the author of
"The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm"
(1970). Koedt, a feminist specifically concerned with women's sexuality, published
The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm
with the intention of debunking prevailing myths regarding female orgasm and frigidity. In doing this, she connected the issue of female sexuality to women's identity as "other" drawing heavily on the works of
Simone de Beauvoir
(although she was primarily contesting Freud's claims).
The "myth" that Koedt refers to is that women are supposed to have orgasms from vaginal stimulation. From this myth, the premise of female frigidity (defined, by men, as the inability of women to have orgasms from vaginal sex) emerged. Koedt writes, "rather than tracing female frigidity to the false assumptions about female anatomy, our 'experts' have declared frigidity a psychological problem of women." This article was one of the first that illuminated the ways women are defined in mens terms by men--even when it comes to something as personal as their vagina.
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