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Richards, A.K. (1994). The Freudian Mystique: Freud, Women, and Feminism by Samuel Slipp New York: New York University Press, 1993, ix + 240 pp., $35.00. Psa. Books, 5(3):462-464.

(1994). Psychoanalytic Books, 5(3):462-464

The Freudian Mystique: Freud, Women, and Feminism by Samuel Slipp New York: New York University Press, 1993, ix + 240 pp., $35.00

Review by:
Arlene Kramer Richards, ED.D.

This is a book with a good idea. Slipp intends to show that Freud's early experiences with his mother, his nanny, and his sisters profoundly influenced his theory about female sexuality. And it is a book with many provocative facts. Freud had both a mother and a nanny; thus he was not reared in what we think of as the normative nuclear family. He arranged for his sister-in-law to live with him and his wife and children; thus he did not rear his own children in a normative nuclear family either. He had female colleagues and interested his daughter in psychoanalysis, leaving the care of the family business to her.

So far, so good. But Slipp's execution of his intention is disappointing. Using awkward prose and wild speculation, which he asserts as if it were fact, Slipp betrays his intention.

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