Quotation by Theodor Reik

More than thirty-five years of psychoanalytic practice and comparative observation in Europe and America have given me the impression that women in general have a lower opinion of their sex than men have of theirs. This difference cannot have its origin in biological divergences but must reflect the evaluation of social environment. No analyst who has listened with the third ear to women talk sincerely and unconventionally about their own sex will deny that their opinion of females is surprisingly low. It seems rather a prejudice than an opinion, and one attributes it to inferiority feelings taken over from men's conceit or to feelings of inadequacy born out of competition with men.
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