Marie N. Robinson MD, a Cornell educated psychiatrist devoted her New York City practice to the treatment of frigidity. Her book,The Power of Sexual Surrender (1958) is a revealing study of the feminine psyche. It is out-of-print. Why? It is politically incorrect.
Dr. Robinson says that millions of American women suffer from frigidity. While she explores many different causes, she notes that frigid women universally adopt the feminist view. This view, that a career as wife and mother is demeaning and men exploit woman, creates an “emotional logjam” which obstructs sexual response and psychological development.
Dr. Robinson writes that a woman’s identity lies in an “essential feminine altruism.”
Her self-expression and power is based on making her husband and children her first priority. Similarly, her sexual satisfaction and spiritual fecundity depend on self-surrender.
Robinson says men and women are different by nature. Men are designed for mastery of the external (physical) world, and women for mastery of the internal (spiritual) world and the home. These are not social stereotypes, as feminists argue.
“Women are designed for duties different from those of the marketplace, another kind of stress entirely,” writes Robinson. They “tend to lose their essential womanliness if they stay [in the marketplace] by choice.” (149)
According to Robinson, modern women suffer from an identity crisis because they think they are no longer needed as women. Before the industrial revolution, the home was the centre of all life and a woman was its heart. She nursed and trained the children, prepared clothing and food, and helped with farm tasks.
The industrial revolution seemed to make women obsolete. Children were not needed and were even considered a liability. Everything could be bought in stores. The home was empty. Children went to school, husbands to work.
Woman’s response was to turn against her own femininity. Mary Wollstonecraft wrote a feminist manifesto Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792) that proclaimed women were identical to men, and promoted maleness in women.
According to Robinson, “the feminist credo thoroughly discredited feminine needs and characteristics and substituted male goals for female goals.”(53)
The other response to the industrial revolution was not feminist, but “Victorian.” Robinson says Victorian women took “revenge” on men by denying women had any sexual feelings. They “were amazingly successful in convincing men in general and even the scientists of the day that frigidity was indeed a basic attribute of the female.” (54)
Thus, feminists and Victorian women both laid the foundations for modern female neurosis.
“The depreciation of the goals of femininity, biological and psychological, became part and parcel of the education of millions of American girls. Homemaking, childbearing and rearing, cooking, the virtues of patience, lovingness, giving ness in marriage, have been systematically devalued. The life of male achievement has been
substituted for the life of female achievement.” (55)
The feminist-Victorian antagonism to men was handed down from mother to daughter so that “to millions of women, hostility towards the opposite sex seems almost a natural law. Although many a modern women may pay lip service to the ideal of a passionate and productive marriage to a man, underneath she deeply resents her role, conceives of the male as fundamentally hostile to her, as an exploiter of her. She wishes in her deepest heart, and often without the slightest awareness of the fact, to supplant him, to exchange roles with him.” (my emphasis, 56)
Robinson says that if feminism had brought women happiness, the game might have been worth it.
“But it hasn’t been. The game has brought frigidity and restlessness and a soaring divorce rate, neurosis, homosexuality, juvenile delinquency all that results when a woman in any society deserts her true function.” (56)
Dr. Robinson writes that once the emotional “log jam” is removed, a woman’s natural instincts will flow and health will be restored. Essentially this involves “allowing herself to trust her husband in a very deep sense. It means that she finally realizes that she no longer has to fear or oppose his strength, but that she can rely on it to protect her, to give her the secure climate necessary for the full flowering of her femininity.” (153)
For a profound vaginal orgasm, Robinson writes, “the excitement comes from the act of surrender. There is a tremendous surging physical ecstasy in the yielding itself, in the feeling of being the passive instrument of another person…” (158)
On the other hand, the woman who mistrusts her husband’s love and as a consequence her own femininity has a “difficult, painful, frenetic” approach to life. She is at war with herself. In bed, she has to feel “in control all the time.”
Robinson regards the clitoris as a masculine vestige and implies that a woman may still be frigid even if she is sexually active and mechanically adroit. Feminine sexuality depends on “absolute trust” in a man, which allows a woman to fully receive and fully respond.
Dr. Robinson says there is nothing in life more important than love. She believes marriage is the key to human development. The power of love is felt in the world through this relationship.
“Love means, in its very deepest sense union; union between individuals…It is the most basic and profound urge we have and its power for good is illimitable… the lover partner becomes as important as oneself…This fact is why real love never leads to domination or to a struggle for power…” (129)
The significance of The Power of Sexual Surrender is profound.
By coercing women to abandon their femininity and usurp the male role, feminism throws a spanner in the natural heterosexual mechanism of humanity. Millions of women are condemned to loneliness and unfulfillment. Similarly, men are deprived of the role of protector and provider essential to their development and fulfillment.
The triumph of such a manifestly wrongheaded ideology, and the suppression of the truth, signifies that control in the world has passed to a malignant force. As I have shown *in previous articles*
Tax-exempt foundations, the elite media, the CIA and the *Communist Party of the USA*
The purpose is to destroy the nuclear family, decrease population, stunt human development and destabilize society. We are a luxury the super rich can no longer afford. Our government is part of this agenda that aims to gradually create a materialist, totalitarian “New World Order”. Feminists who oppose the NWO are its unwitting agents.
I encourage feminine women to have careers if they want as long as they are secondary to marriage and family. Naturally men and women should be treated equally on the job.
Robinson’s book confirms my thesis that heterosexual marriage is based on the exchange of female worldly power for male love (see C I. “How Heterosexuality Works.”) http://www.savethemales.ca/archives-subject.html
I argue that woman wants love and man wants power. A woman who seeks power will not receive love from a man. She cannot love. This is the dilemma of feminists today.
As Marie N. Robinson confirms, woman loves by entrusting her power to the right man. He uses it to champion her interests. Thus she both empowers him and channels male power in a socially constructive direction. A woman’s real power is love, the power of self surrender.
Henry Makow,Ph.D, is the inventor of the board game Scruples, and the author of *A Long Way to go for a Date*