– According to Freudian theory, the stage in female psychosexual development when a girl realizes that she does not have a penis. “Envy” of the penis results in female subjects who develop anxiety over their lack of the male appendage. A woman with penis envy looks for ways to compensate for her supposed physical inferiority by taking on “masculine” characteristics, such as ambitiousness or intellectualism.
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.
Penis Envy Term Timeline in The Feminine Mystique
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Chapter 5: The Sexual Solipsism of Sigmund Freud
...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)