Chapter 5: The Sexual Solipsism of Sigmund Freud

by Catherine on April 11, 2011 · 1 comment

If you are still trying to figure out what “solipsism” means, search no longer, I looked it up and Merriam-Webster defines it as:

“a theory holding that the self can know nothing but its own modifications and that the self is the only existent thing;also : extreme egocentrism”

Betty Friedan rightly names this chapter in The Feminine Mystique, since of course to Freud, everything is sexual or is caused by something sexual.

The whole chapter is about how Freudian thought eventually caused the “feminine mystique.” According to Freud, women who suffer from discontentment are actually enduring an envy for the male anatomy and a simultaneous contempt for herself. 

Friedan continues on her exegesis of Freud’s works in the chapter. Among all the tangled psychoanalysis, there is one notion that particularly struck me, that has seemed to perpetuate itself as a continuing thread throughout The Feminine Mystique, that is – why are we, as women, so often portrayed (and I would say sometimes rightfully so) as discontent and envious? How can we improve this?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Teresa Paribello January 18, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Hello, my name is Teresa Paribello. I am 37 year old female. I was born in Boston and raised in Somerville, MA. I was raised Roman Catholic with first generation italian background and raised in a middle class irish community. I happened to stubble upon your page by accident but I am soo glad I did. I watched a documentary on PBS titled “1964”. It really moved me! Ive always loved history and enjoy a good documentary especially “the American Experience”. Well this documentary mentioned Betty Friedan and her book titled “The Feminine Mystique”. I became very curious and googled it and thats how it brought me to your page. Amazing! I’m a big believer of everything happens for a reason. I haven’t yet read the book and cant wait to do so just as soon as I found a good deal on a copy. I did read the wikipedia page. I couldn’t believe what Sigmund Freud really was saying and thought of women!!! It made me sick and to reexamine his theories and studies. Sounds to me he is to be another shovenistic pig!! The line in Betty’s book that really grabbed me was “the problem that has no name”. That sounds a lot like DEPRESSION. Which Ive suffered from also my mother and mostly my grandmother.

Anyways, I just wanted to share that and briefly introduce myself. I’m so glad I did happen to stubble upon your page and look forward to being a part of it. I will definatly share this with my friends on Facebook. I hope to being sharing my opinions, feelings and especially on “The Femine Mystique”.

Thank you,
Yours truly,
Teresa Paribello
God Bless….Peace

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