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castration anxiety

[ka′strā·shən aŋ′zī·ə·dē]
(psychology)
Anxiety due to the fear of loss of the genitals or injury to them.
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In his emphatic 1933 essay on femininity, Freud argues for the importance of the castration complex as the moment of the institution of what he specifies as 'sexual difference'.
If the phallologcentrism of Freud's castration complex in many ways could be understood as a discrete byproduct of a Western crisis of masculinity, it could be equally recognized as one of its continued instigators.
If we consider that Orlando's process mirrors the little girl's development, because of Orlando's birth after his symbolical death, his sexual change never occurs because he never gets to confront the castration complex. This only proves that Orlando was already a woman in his previous life, or at least a man-womanly.
The connection between repetition and the castration complex is discussed in the first two chapters and metaphor and its role in paternity in the last two.
"An investigation of fetishism is strongly recommended to anyone who still doubts the existence of the castration complex or who can still believe that fright at the sight of the female genital has some other ground--for instance, that it is derived from a supposed recollection of the trauma of birth" (155).
This is why Freud insisted that the "castration complex" is of the "profoundest significance" in the formation of both the "he" and the "she" of personality (see Barratt 1993, 106).