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Freud's View of Women and Culture

This is the same blindness in psychological theory that is absent in the criticism of Chopin's The Awakening. The irony multiplies when Freud gives brief notice of the fact that civilization itself, or more exactly what passes for civilization, may have the anger of its (male) inhabitants coming. As he acknowledges,

If the development of civilization has such a far-reaching similarity to the development of the individual and if it employs the same methods, may we not be justified in reaching the diagnosis that, under the influence of cultural urges, some civilizations, or some epochs of civilization--possibly the whole of mankind--have become `neurotic'? . . . I can at least listen without indignation to the critic who is of the opinion that when one surveys the aims of cultural endeavour and the means it employs, one is bound to come to the conclusion that the whole effort is not worth the trouble, and that the outcome of it can only be a state of affairs which the individual will be unable to tolerate (Freud 91-92).

In a fully integrated society, it would appear, the individual is not entitled to anger but must find a way to come to terms with the ineluctable process of the higher good. But even Freud says society may be a sham. If that is so--and i


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