Theories About Female Sexuality and Race from the Past

The past of the medical profession has some albatrosses scattered
throughout its revered history. This report focuses on two of those not so
bright beginnings. The report attempts to provide an insight into how the
nineteenth century’s medical and scientific communities used scientific
discrimination techniques such as the theories about female sexuality and
race. Although the report is not a full review of the two assigned journal
articles, they were the source for answer the assigned questions concerning
nineteenth century medical philosophies. Each article presented historical
accounts of the opinions of professionals at the time. The opinions were
degrading to both the female gender and to men and women of different races
such as the Irish and Blacks of England.
Thefirst article presented historical accounts about female
nymphomania and male Satyriasis. The definition of nymphomania in the
nineteenth century was very different from what we know as nymphomania
today. “In the nineteenth century, however, nymphomania was believed to be
a specific organic disease, classifiable, with an assumed set of symptoms,
causes, and treatments. Like alcoholism, kleptomania, and pyromania –
diseases that were identified in the mid-nineteenth century – a diagnosis
of nymphomania was based on exhibited behavior. “Excessive” female sexual
desire is, however, a much more ambiguous concept than habitual
drunkenness, shoplifting, or setting fires. Consider the following cases of
nymphomania diagnosed in the second half of the nineteenth century.”
Over the course of the nineteenth century, nymphomania was diagnosed
in different ways. Nymphomania was considered as a woman having or desiring
too much coitus or masturbating too much. But by today’s standards, the
women diagnosed were probably quite normal and or healthy. Nymphomania was
actually seen as a symptom or a cause of disease. …

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