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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These stages carry from penis envy that is transformed into a wish for a child, into a sort of different kind of wish for a penis again but one that comes in the guise of a wish for a man.
Representing snakes emerging from her women and teeth floating on a blank field, she poked fun at Freudian theories of penis envy and vagina dentata.
She has told me that she in no way, shape, or form wants to become a man, so it's not penis envy. What should I do?
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.
Whereas in Chapter Two Bielby exposes the tactics used in print media to feminize violent women, in Chapter Three she links female ferocity to a phallic sexuality: with the help of pseudo-Freudian theory, the press constructs an image of violent women suffering from penis envy. In the eyes of the media, these brutal, perverse women posed a greater threat to the populace than the Nazis during the rise of fascism.
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.
This goes way beyond penis envy into penis possession.
Since Freud declared penis envy the bedrock of women's psyches, it is not surprising that psychoanalysts such as Stoller discover widespread phallic fantasies in women.
You decide to de-clutter, keeping the classics (Freud's idea of the unconscious), which "create the structure for your wardrobeyou really couldn't imagine your life without them." You toss some other pieces (penis envy) to make room for the new (Kleinian theory on aggression).
Venus with Penis recalls his writings on penis envy though her comment is "it is not actually about being envious.
This, combined with subjects of questionable taste--Jewish hair and penis envy ("The Jewfro Grows Up and Out" and "The Foreskin Lament," January/February 2011)--can make reading Moment an unpleasant experience.