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Department
Comparative Literature and Culture
Course
Comparative Literature and Culture 2125A/B
Professor
Andrea Allen
Semester
Winter

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FEMALE SEXUALITY – FREUD  A boy’s mother was his first love-object; he remains so, and, as his feelings for her become more passionate and he understands more of the relation between father and mother, the former inevitably appears as a rival. With little girls it is otherwise  Second change which appears to us no less characteristic and important for feminine development: the original mother-object has to be exchanged for the father  First, analysis has shown that where the attachment to the father was peculiarly strong it had been preceded by a phase of equally strong and passionate attachment exclusively to the mother  The primary mother relation had developed in a very rich and many sided way  Secondly, I learn that the duration of this attachment to the mother had been greatly underestimated  I’ve due weight to the possibility that many a woman may remain arrested at the original mother-attachment and never properly achieve the change-over to men  This phase of mother-attachment is especially closely connected with the aetiology of hysteria  That in this dependence on the mother we have the germ of later paranoia in women TWO  The great dependence on the father in women merely takes over the heritage of an equally great attachment to the mother and secondly, that this earlier phase lasts longer than we should have anticipated  Bisexual disposition which we maintain to be characteristic of human beings manifests itself much more plainly in the female than in the male  The sexual life of the woman is regularly split up into two phases, the first of which is of a masculine character whilst only the second is specifically feminine  The first love-object of the male is the mother, because it is she who feeds and tends him, and she remains his principle love object  With the female too the mother must be the first object, for the primary conditions of object choice are the same for all children  After the paternal function has been internalized so as to form the super-ego the next task is to detach the latter from those person of whim is was originally the psychical representative  One reside of the castration complex in the man is a measure of disparagement in his attitude towards women, whom he regards as having been castrated  This masculinity complex my also result in a manifestly homosexual object choice  Oedipus complex in its feminine form. This, in women, that complex represents the final result of a lengthy process of development; castration does not destroy but rather creates it  The mother-relation was the original one, upon
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