An Armenian Journalist's Notes

From my reader today: Freud – Femininity


“In conformity with its peculiar nature, psychoanalysis does not try to describe what a women is — that would be a task it could scarcely perform — but sets about enquiring how she comes into being, how a woman develops out of a child with a bisexual disposition” (Freud, 1933a, p. 116).

“The girl sees her mother as castrated, while her love is “directed to her phallic mother” (Freud, 1933a, p. 126).

“The girl then chooses the father as object because he possesses the envied organ, and this new libidinal orientation is superimposed on the orientation of the mother as object, without replacing it entirely”.  Monique Schneider, Analyzing Freud (p 573)

“The women then appears not as an externally definable from but as a “hollow space” (1916-17a p 154) that can receive what penetrates it”.

Usually it is quite entertaining to get reactions of people out of academia about these kinds of quotes and theories. So any comment? 🙂