penis envy


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penis envy

n.
The supposed wish of a girl or woman to have a penis, postulated in Freudian psychoanalytic theory as causing psychic conflict that drives female psychosexual development and results in psychological disorders if not resolved.

penis envy

n
(Psychoanalysis) psychoanal a Freudian concept in which envy of the penis is postulated as the cause for some of the characteristics found in women

penis envy

Repressed female desire to possess a penis as part of their own anatomy.
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Noun1.penis envy - (psychoanalysis) a female's presumed envy of the male's penis; said to explain femininity
depth psychology, psychoanalysis, analysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"
enviousness, envy - a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by another
Translations
peniskateus
envie du pénis

penis envy

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Freud, for example, talked about penis envy as if there were some inherent problem in humans born without one, and the measurements of brain sizes were geared to determine something about deviants from an often white and Protestant standard.
Miyashita, who was born in Japan and is currently based in London, is after something else: "the structure of curious sexualities," she says, of homosexuality and bisexuality alongside the classic cases of the field, such as hysteria, obsession, penis envy and the Oedipal complex.
Venus with Penis recalls his writings on penis envy though her comment is "it is not actually about being envious.