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  Nymphomania
Nymphomania was diagnosed in behavior as diverse as lascivious glances, on the one hand, and sexually attacking a man, on the other.
Whether or not she knew what nymphomania was, she interpreted her dreams as dangerous, laden with sexuality, and a warning that she was losing control.
He concluded that she was suffering from nymphomania because her attacks of ungovernable sexual excitement always occurred when she was alone or with lewd acquaintances.
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  Nymphomania (Excerpt)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Nymphomania was diagnosed in behavior as diverse as lascivious glances, on the one hand, and sexually attacking a man, on the other.
Whether or not she knew what nymphomania was, she interpreted her dreams as dangerous, laden with sexuality, and a warning that she was losing control.
He concluded that she was suffering from nymphomania because her attacks of ungovernable sexual excitement always occurred when she was alone or with lewd acquaintances.
www.wwnorton.com /catalog/fall01/032242EXCERPT.htm   (4266 words)

  
 Definition Nympho, Nymphomania & Nymphomaniac : Discovery Health
Nymphomania is a layperson's term used to label a woman, or a nympho, whose sex drive or sexual activity is subjectively deemed too high.
The term "nymphomania," is not scientifically meaningful simply because there are no specific criteria that would define a nymphomaniac.
The label of nymphomania is used in a pejorative and derogatory manner, almost exclusively in reference to women.
health.discovery.com /centers/sex/sexpedia/nymphomania.html   (326 words)

  
 EJHS Book Review - Nymphomania
Autopsies gave them no guidance, but the fear of dangers of nymphomania and masturbation inculcated into the public mind was so great that many women desperately sought help with their sexual problems in order to avoid going insane.
Nymphomania made its appearance as a sexual deviation in the first DSM which appeared in 1951, and this was changed to a psychosexual disorder in the DSM III in 1980.
At the beginning of the twenty first century nymphomania had finally disappeared as a medical diagnosis, although a popular image of such a woman still is retained.
www.ejhs.org /volume3/book10.htm   (781 words)

  
 CNN.com - Review: The many meanings of 'Nymphomania' - August 1, 2000
In chronicling the transformation of the term, the author begins with the medical model of the 1800s, when strong sexual desire in a woman was considered a disease stemming from lack of morals and willpower.
"Nymphomania is a metaphor which embodies the fantasies and fears, anxieties and dangers connected to female sexuality," she writes.
Groneman, generations have passed where the standard measurement of sexual normalcy was in relation to the husband - a woman with less desire than her husband was frigid, while greater desire suggested the sickness of nymphomania.
edition.cnn.com /2000/books/reviews/08/01/review.nymphomania   (811 words)

  
 Nymphomania - WrongDiagnosis.com
The emotional problem may stem from and unconscious conflict about their own adequacy.
I've been depressed for some time now but...
Read about other experiences, ask a question about Nymphomania, or answer someone else's question, on our message boards:
www.wrongdiagnosis.com /n/nymphomania/intro.htm   (284 words)

  
 The Straight Dope: What is nymphomania?
Freud drew a distinction (later dismissed) between clitoral and vaginal orgasms--in his view, the former was the mark of immature women, the latter a characteristic of mature ones.
Lawyers helped keep the concept in circulation because it was useful in defending accused rapists (although in a widely publicized case in 1970 a woman successfully sued the San Francisco transit authority, claiming that a cable car accident triggered her subsequent hypersexuality).
Nymphomania was listed as a "sexual deviation" in the first DSM, published in 1951; by DSM-III (1980) it had become a "psychosexual disorder," albeit a vaguely defined one.
www.straightdope.com /columns/030822.html   (669 words)

  
 Libido: Reviews: Nymphomania   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Today’s nympho is a woman who demonstrates compulsive promiscuity by hopping from bed to bed in an emotionally unsatisfying attempt to avoid dealing with a sexually related emotional trauma, often related to rape or incest.
The balance of things changed somewhat during the early mid years of the 20th Century when the idea of marriage changed to the now-familiar concept of marriage as a partnership of romantically attracted pairs who are allowed -- and expected -- to enjoy sex as a healthy aspect of family life.
Ridiculous as it sounds now, this attitude, this approach to what defines women as sexual beings, still exists in American’s court system, where despite all the changes in rape and incest prosecutions, a woman’s sexual history and "character" is used by defenses to show that the victim invited her attack.
www.libidomag.com /reviews/archives/nympho.html   (901 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Books: Nymphomania: A History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Nymphomania, she argues, is a metaphor reflecting society's ambivalence toward and discomfort with female desire.
In the early 20th century, psychoanalytic theory associated nymphomania with frigidity, penis envy, lesbianism and prostitutionAall thought to stem from a woman's "immature" inability to enjoy vaginal orgasms.
She exposes the historical association of nymphomania with "lower" classes and new immigrants, and documents the disturbing tendency to blame rape and incest on the alleged provocation of the victim.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0393048381?v=glance   (712 words)

  
 Nymphomania   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Doctors in the nineteenth century treated nymphomania as an organic disease, while in this century psychologists and psychoanalysts have looked to low self-esteem or an unresolved Oedipal complex to explain it.
Nymphomania found its way into courtrooms when defense attorneys painted rape victims as so sexually twisted that they fantasized a sexual attack, or so voracious that they provoked it.
Carol Groneman explores the idea of nymphomania over the last two hundred years, unraveling questions about how much is too much sex for women—and who decides.
www.wwnorton.com /catalog/spring00/04838.htm   (252 words)

  
 Journal of Women's History: The Eberbach asylum and the practice(s) of nymphomania in Germany, 1815-1849.(Sexing ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The designations of "man crazy" and publicly vulgar displays were an example of coding sexual pathology in terms of class and gender.
Nymphomania, as defined in the early 19th century, enacted struggles over identity, survival, and power.
This article is a case study of rural, lower-class female patients diagnosed with (or displaying symptoms of) nymphomania at one of Germany's first modern insane asylums, Eberbach.
www.highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1G1:20470603&refid=holomed_1   (197 words)

  
 Nymphomania and Autogynephilia: The Invention of Mental Illnesses by Psychiatrists   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Nymphomania and Autogynephilia: The Invention of Mental Illnesses by Psychiatrists
In both cases, invented words defined sexual paraphilia (i.e., a "mental illness"), and the words were then used to stigmatize natural behaviors and to declare many women mentally ill and in needing of psychiatric treatment.
Evolving views of nymphomania were reflected in the successive editions of the American Psychiatric Association's official guide to madness, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
ai.eecs.umich.edu /people/conway/TS/Auto-Nympho.html   (774 words)

  
 "Autogynephilia": a disputed diagnosis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Carol Groneman, author of Nymphomania: A History (2000) reports that the concept of "nymphomania" was first laid out by the French physician Bienville in his 1771 treatise, Nymphomania, or a Dissertation Concerning the Furor Uterinus.
Like "nymphomania," the word "hysteria" is an imprecise term which is used both clinically and in everyday language.
Saying that “nymphomania” does not exist is not the same as saying women who are extraordinarily sexually active do not exist.
www.tsroadmap.com /info/autogynephilia.html   (3889 words)

  
 Salon.com Sex | Improper dinner conversation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Carol Groneman is probably the first historian since "history" existed to consider nymphomania in any kind of depth.
Her work, "Nymphomania: A History," is a breezy but troubling read.
It is the unsexy documentation of the American medical establishment's use of clitoridectomy (in the 19th century) and pharmaceuticals (in the 20th century) to treat "nymphomania," a disorder that mirrors American society's two centuries of confusion about female sexuality.
www.salon.com /sex/feature/2000/08/29/nymphomania?CP=SAL&DN=110   (1370 words)

  
 Web Kamasutra - Nymphomania   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
General impression about a Nymphomaniac female is that she has excessive sexual desire, initiates sexual activity, and wants to indulge in sex very often, with many sexual partners.
It must be admitted that Nymphomania is not a medical term and most probably an imaginary identity of some one’s fantasy.
Anyone trying to access a site for Nymphomania on the web will surely land up on some porno site, because probably Nymphomania is not a well recognised clinical condition.
www.webkamasutra.com /nymphomania   (950 words)

  
 Bad Subjects: Nymphomania   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Nymphomania (sexual addiction), while one of the few most commonly recognized medical terms for a mental illness, is rarely classed as a socially destructive addiction like alcoholism or cigarette smoking.
That is, nymphomania is considered a kind of character trait in some people, rather than a possible form of pathological self-abuse.
Moreover, there is no recognizable social equivalent to 'being on the wagon' for the nymphomaniac; celibacy is not understood as a kind of 'recovery,' but rather another possible behavioral aberration.
bad.eserver.org /issues/1993/10/newitz.html   (4175 words)

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