... like a woman made frigid, I had to learn response, to trust this possibility for fruition that had not been before.
(Tillie Olsen (b. 1912), U.S. essayist and story writer. Silences, part 1 (1978).
Written in 1962, on trying to compose fiction after many years of being "silenced" by the demands of raising four children, keeping house, and holding a full-time job.)
Trust me, my dear Eugenius ... "there are worse occupations in this world than feeling a woman's pulse."
(Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick (1768), ch. "The Pulse. Paris." Ed. Gardner D. Stout, Jr., University of California Press (1967).)