Quotation by Doris Lessing

Women of the tradition to which Alice and Martha belonged are prepared to discuss menstruation or pregnancy in the frankest of detail, but it is taboo to discuss sex, notwithstanding the show of frankness the subject is surrounded with. It follows that they get their information about how other women react sexually from their men, a system which has its disadvantages.
Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. A Proper Marriage, ch. 4, p. 90, Simon and Schuster (1952).
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