The Role of Sex in the Life of Man

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A pair of Sigmund Freud's glasses and pen on view at the Library of Congress in Washington in 1998.

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Dr. Harold Kelman, lectures on Sex and Man

Introduction describes Freud and his patients. Considered that the causes of mental aberrations resulted from psycho-sexual issues. Must curb and sublimate destructive instincts. Kelman notes that Freud's views are a product of the time and place he lived in. Freud conceived of women as inferior to men. Penis envy theory derived from this theory.
Kelman contrasts modern theories with Freud. Belief that there is neither the "masculine or feminine psychology, rather there is the individual."

Society's views that masturbation is injurious are medically unfounded. The more harmful aspect are the societal views on masturbation.

Increasing freedom of women in the past few years have threatened men.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 69402
Municipal archives id: LT664