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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(16.)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).
Lipstick: While I've never packed, I do have a serious case of penis envy. What you need to do is simply relax about it all.
The juiciest tale Lilla tells is that of Heidegger, Jaspers, and Arendt--a bizarre triangle of misplaced loyalty, romantic delusion, and philosophical penis envy whose closest political cognate would be Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Monica Lewinsky.
Witness the fact that "Nutty Professor II," that ode to flatulence, was awarded a PG-13 while "Scary Movie," a horror movie with penis envy, got an R.
One faction was aligned with Karen Horney, who disputed the existence of penis envy in no uncertain terms.
Insofar as Spenser's chastity can be interpreted to mean 'chaste' love within marriage, it can only mean acceptance of castration following the 'transgression' of penis envy" (211).
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's representation of the male genitalia makes one wonder why his grandfather believed so fervently in penis envy: why would anyone not already encumbered with one want that pathetic, flaccid, droopy excrescence?
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.
Dipstick: How sad--your girlfriend has penis envy. Everyone has sexual preferences.
Tells Sophie when she challenges him to show her his manhood: "No thanks, I think you have got enough penis envy as it is." He's the site coder - and in it to make a fast buck.