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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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This 'sexual difference' is about the child's future reproductive position; prefigured with the castration complex, its realization takes place in puberty with the influx of fertile sexuality.
Spearing's comments alert us to the possibility that Patterson's overinvestment in beating the "dead horse" of the castration complex has robbed his essay of subtler psychic perspectives on the Pardoner's undefinable libidinal range.
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.
This contradiction is cleared up if we reflect that the castration complex always operates in the sense implied in its subject-matter: it inhibits and limits masculinity and encourages femininity" (1925: 256).
Little girls, in the course of their development are led into making a tender object-cathexis by their castration complex.
Quilligan finds in Christine's explications not only a disinterest in the castration complex that seems to drive the story's other versions, but further a resistance to the fundamental exchange by which, according to Claude Levi-Strauss, men founded cultures on giving women in marriage across kin groups, thereby making incest taboo.
In the familiar account, the specific perversion known as fetishism is the result of the castration complex.