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Dorsey, D. (1996). Castration Anxiety Or Feminine Genital Anxiety?. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 44S(Supplement):283-302.

(1996). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 44S(Supplement):283-302

Castration Anxiety Or Feminine Genital Anxiety?

Denise Dorsey

Adherence to terminology that no longer reflects current theories of female development is explored and challenged. In particular, the concepts of castration anxiety and phallic phase are examined and an argument is made for the general usage of the terms, feminine genital anxiety and infantile genital phase. Relevant literature is reviewed and a case is presented to illustrate the concepts. Speculations are offered as to why we persist in keeping woman a “dark continent.”

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