castration complex


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castration complex

n
(Psychoanalysis) psychoanal an unconscious fear of having one's genitals removed, as a punishment for wishing to have sex with a parent

castration complex

A child’s fear that he will lose his genitals as a punishment for fantasizing about them is often the basis of a castration complex, and the root of neurosis in some cases.
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Circumcision plays a key role in this analysis because of its literal embodiment of Jews' otherness, symbolic link with the Freudian castration complex, and the majority Germanic view of Jewish men of the period as feminized.
14) It is not coincidental, then, that of all the theories Freud postulated during the opening decades of the twentieth century, one of the most common in America was his castration complex (Hale 46-47), for it helped heterosexual men to combat simultaneously the rise of the flapper and to distinguish their homosocial inklings from homosexual ones.
For this reason, argues Taylor, Freud's theory of the castration complex is inadequate for understanding any pre- or early modern reference to castration and its relation to sexual identity and culture.