WOMEN

Is This The Last Female Sexual Taboo?

Gina Ogden remembers trying to cheer up a woman in her sex therapy practice with some Woody Allen.

“Don’t knock masturbation,” Alvy Singer had famously sniped at Annie Hall. “It’s sex with someone I love.”

Dr. Ogden’s patient was not amused: “She said, her eyes filling with tears, ‘Well, I don’t like myself very much.’ ”

"If you don’t like yourself,” said Dr. Ogden, the Cambridge, Mass.-based author of The Return of Desire, “you don’t get to go to bed with someone you like. In other words, you probably aren’t going to masturbate.”

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