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New PDF release: Female Sexuality: New Psychoanalytic Views

By J. Chasseguet-Smirgel

ISBN-10: 0946439141

ISBN-13: 9780946439140

Comprises six essays and an advent on Freudian and non-Freudian perspectives of lady sexuality. participants contain Joyce McDougal, Maria Torok and Bela Grunberger.

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These fears are similar to the boy's, but there are other fears Introduction 33 which are more specifically feminine, for example, fear caused by the disproportion between the father's big penis and the girl's small genital. T h e boy is frightened of looking ridiculous i n front of the mother with his tiny penis; the g i r l is frightened of being destroyed i n O e d i p a l sexual congress. Menstruation, defloration, parturition, abortion reinforce the girl's bodily fears. T h e girl cannot reassure herself that her fears are unfounded, because her genital is invisible.

Female homosexuality w o u l d be m u c h more frequent than male homosexuality. Regression to female homosexuality w o u l d occur easily. Even maternity would be resented according to Freud, as ersatz, and not as an instinctual achievement. Woman's entire life would be marked by resentment. B u t i n fact, the female child is a woman from the start, and not only from puberty, as Freud thought. Also, corresponding to girl's penis envy, the boy expresses a desire to be able to have chil­ dren and to possess other female attributes.

Sexuality and repro­ duction are inseparably linked in woman; they allow her to over­ come a series of traumata. The clitoris plays a purely inhibitory role; it is a superfluous organ. " Helene Deutsch seeks some solution to the problem of frigidity. She agrees w i t h Freud's views about the castration complex at the age of four, about the necessity or decathecting the clitoris, and with the fact that children are una­ ware of the existence of the vagina u n t i l puberty. L i k e Freud she believes that the little g i r l gives up her penis envy for the desire to have a c h i l d by the father.

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