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Arkin, F.S. (1947). Modern Women: The Lost Sex: By Ferdinand Lundberg and Marynia F. Farnham. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1947. 497 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 16:573-574.

(1947). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 16:573-574

Modern Women: The Lost Sex: By Ferdinand Lundberg and Marynia F. Farnham. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1947. 497 pp.

Review by:
Frances S. Arkin

The reader's evaluation of the worth of this book will depend upon his orientation to the thesis which is propounded. Those who look to biological phenomena to provide most of the answers may find much material to their liking. Those who choose to draw upon other phases of human experience, will find the work limited and the conclusions suffering from oversimplification. Note is made of the scholarly approach as evidenced by documentation and a remarkably full bibliography.

It is the authors chief contention that women should return to the home and bear children—a function they believe to be the sole basis for healthy womanhood.

Historical, economic, sociologic and psychoanalytic theories and facts are drawn upon to support their belief. Although Copernicus, the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution are credited as having been responsible for the change in the rôle of woman (and man, too) the authors attempt to show that woman, herself, is to blame. Wholesale masculine protest, it seems, has been her undoing, impelling her to abandon childbearing and homemaking, in order to compete with men in the world at large.

The claim is made that women have secured practically all their demands in terms of feminism and have since failed to exercise these privileges. For instance, women have been granted the right to vote but have contributed little, if anything, to politics.

Great emphasis is placed upon woman's inferiority to man. It is pointed out that woman is complementary to man but never his equal.

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