Reading Journal XII: the Long Term Sexual Relationship
March 11, 2022
We’ve already talked about the book “The Sexual Revolution” by Wilhelm Reich, published in 1936.
Along with exploring the reasons why the sexual revolution was not advancing in the 1930s, with post-revolutionary Russia as an example, the analysis of the progressive legislation which didn’t really achieve full success in the same country, Reich also wrote a lot about long term sexually monogamous relationships, within marriage.
Reading the first part of the book, about compulsory sexual morality, I found it interesting how Reich says that natural sexuality is left unsatisfied and leads to neurosis because of the suppression of this sexuality by the authoritarian state – the capitalist state is a good example of that phenomenon, and in the family unit, the man or the patriarch is a mirror of the state as a supreme authority – the woman and the children are his subjects and they have to obey him, according to pre-1917 legislation in Tsarist Russia.
The fact that it’s mostly the woman who has to be sexually ‘moral’, in order to maintain the transfer of inherited property is one of the ideas explored in our new series of 15 videos about feminism, in the EGALIS project.
The "EGALIS: Gender equality through social change and education" project, developed by the Partnership for Equality Center, in partnership with the Front Association, AnA - the Scientific Society for Feminist Analysis, ACTEDO - the Action Center for Equality and Rights Association Man, PLURAL Association and SEX vs The STORK Association, with financial support from Active Citizens Fund Romania, programme funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants Grants 2014 -2021.