penis envy


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penis envy

[′pē·nəs ‚en·vē]
(psychology)
The envy of the young female child for the penis which she does not possess, or which she thinks she has lost.
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When Freud reiterated these points, which had first been sketched in his early work on hysteria, in his late essays on female sexuality, he was moved to make penis envy even more important than he had made it earlier--penis envy is the main instrument of conversion to heterosexuality (not mother-identification, a possibility that would have required less male narcissism in his theorizing).
Finally obliged to settle the dispute, Freud sided with Abraham, reaffirming the importance of penis envy in the formation of female character.
From this fundamental confusion of fantasy and actuality, came the next intractable psychoanalytic assumption--that penis envy must be the female equivalent of male castration anxiety.
Freud made no secret of his difficulty in explaining female development, but suggested that girls experience penis envy, which creates anger at the mother and a subsequent turn to the father.
They are at pains to argue that this is a more sophisticated and accurate formulation th an the discredited Freudian theory of penis envy.
Tells Sophie when she challenges him to show her his manhood: "No thanks, I think you have got enough penis envy as it is.
After all, Freud and many of his acolytes helped pathologize lesbianism by explaining it as a wrong object-choice, and by consigning it to the masculinity complex that included a severe case of penis envy.
It is this move of denial that is carried into (and out in) the psychoanalytical accounts of sexual differentiation: the phallus, castration anxiety and penis envy.
We've come full circle on the Freud thing, uncovered the G spot, debunked the vaginal orgasm and dealt with penis envy pretty nicely.