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The Art of Marriage Quotes

What Ruined Marriages in the 1920s

A few pages of The Art of Marriage: A Scientific Treatise, a 1926 sex manual for the young, newlywed, and clueless, were dug up today. In order to buy the book, people had to sign the agreement below, certifying they were "a married person . . . desirous of studying the subject of marriage."

Once readers were married, author Hayden J.F. spouted off his opinions masked as facts and advice. He tackles frigidity below.

  • The cause of bad marriages: "The one great overshadowing cause of sad and unhappy marriage [sic], is frigidity in women."
  • How frigidity ruins marriages: Frigidity is detrimental to the home. Since frigid wives have strong masculine tendencies and acquire a critical attitude toward men . . . it is quite natural that they aspire to take men's work. . . . They try to be leaders in the woman suffrage movements and in clubs; thus neglecting more important things — their children, their home duties, and their husbands who are supporting them.
  • European women vs. American: "The sexual sensibility of (European) woman is, as we have seen, of quite a different nature from that of man; but in intensity it is at least as great as that of man. Now in America we find conditions very different. The alarming sexual degeneracy of the women in this country is very strikingly shown by the various sex experts who have thousands of cases of unhappy marriage coming before them, and whose information is doubtless about correct. Dr. C.W. Malchow thinks, that in this country there are only five percent of all married women who properly respond to the caresses of their husbands at all times."
  • What causes frigidity: "Masturbation is doubtless one of the most prevalent causes of frigidity in women."

The only thing worse than this advice is this writing. Doubtless!

Join The Conversation
Skeptic52 Skeptic52 6 years
dfserine dfserine 6 years
In my opinion, the cause of bad marriages: lack of intimacy, and this does not only include sex. In a good marriage you need to make sure you are getting your cup filled and his too... and this only happens if you both know what the other needs.
ladysonoma ladysonoma 6 years
So have sex and all problems will go away... Women should stop ruining their childrens lives by not having sex with their husbands... like... So what, become a drug addict...
French-Kiss French-Kiss 6 years
Kea718 i'm totaly with you on that one xD
kea718 kea718 6 years
Well, if masturbation is one the of the most prevalent causes of frigidity in women then I'm DAMN PROUD to be a frigid woman!!! FRIGID WOMEN UNITE!!! WOOHOO!!!!
whats-her-name whats-her-name 6 years
Hahahaha!! This is... I just... wow. Haha "neglecting more important things — their children, their home duties, and their husbands who are supporting them." Mm. I'm certainly not a feminist, but that phrase makes me wanna burn some bras..
helloanya helloanya 6 years
lol@weffie ! That's exactly what I thought when I read this. We've come a LONG way... well, some of us.
weffie weffie 6 years
I think this guy was reincarnated into Mel Gibson... Can't you almost hear it? "Properly respond to my caresses or I'll bury you in the rose garden you frigid c**t b***h w***e!!!"
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
LOL. This is bunk, in my opinion.
Beauty Beauty 6 years
So wait, women are frigid, but women who masturbate are causing their own frigidity? Not the best logic.
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