The Feminine Mystique

by

Betty Friedan

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Penis Envy Quotes in The Feminine Mystique

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Chapter 5 Quotes

“Normal” femininity is achieved, however, only insofar as the woman finally renounces all active goals of her own, all her own “originality,” to identify and fulfill herself through the activities and goals of her husband, or son.

Related Characters: Betty Friedan (speaker), Sigmund Freud
Related Symbols: The Feminine Mystique
Page Number: 121
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Penis Envy Term Timeline in The Feminine Mystique

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Chapter 5: The Sexual Solipsism of Sigmund Freud
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Freud’s concept of penis envy became very popular, not only among psychoanalysts, but also among sociologists, educators, magazine writers, and... (full context)
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...he made them more concrete by borrowing terms from literature and physiology, such as “ penis envy ” or the “Oedipus complex.” This caused confusion among “lesser thinkers.” (full context)
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Freud developed the theory of penis envy from the notion that women observe their lack of a penis in childhood and do... (full context)
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...and attaining their full potential; he could only attribute their “yearning for equality” to “ penis envy .” (full context)
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...with the theories and accepted that their lack of fulfillment must have been due to penis envy . Freudian theory became a new American ideology which “cast suspicion on high aspirations of... (full context)