The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm
The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm is a classic feminist work on women's sexuality, written by Anne Koedt, an American feminist, in 1968. It first appeared in the Notes from the First Year journal published by the New York Radical Women and was partially based on findings from Masters and Johnson's 1966 work Human Sexual Response.
Koedt wrote this feminist response during the sexual revolution of the 1960s. The goal of this response is to address both the 'myth of the vaginal orgasm', create awareness and education for men and women about female sexual pleasure, and to counter previous thought about the female orgasm. Koedt reflects in her writing, "It was Freud's feelings about women's secondary and inferior relationship to men that formed the basis for his theories on female sexuality. Once having laid down the law about the nature of our sexuality, Freud not so strangely discovered a tremendous problem of frigidity in women. His recommended cure for a woman who was frigid was psychiatric care. She was suffering from failure to mentally adjust to her "natural" role as a woman." Koedt breaks societal barriers of what is considered acceptable to discuss and her article played a vital role in the feminist sexual revolution.
- Gerhard, Jane (Summer 2000). "Revisiting "The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm": The Female Orgasm in American Sexual Thought and Second Wave Feminism". Feminist Studies 26 (2): 449–476. doi:10.2307/3178545.
- Henry, Astrid (2004). Not My Mother's Sister: Generational Conflict and Third-Wave Feminism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. p. 83. ISBN 978-0-253-34454-0.
- Anne Koedt, "The Myth Of The Vaginal Orgasm", (1970).
- Wade, Lisa (January 5, 2009). "Orgasmic Birth and the Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm". Sociological Images.