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Grant, I.F. (1936). General: C. D. Daly. 'Der Kern des Oedipuskomplexes.' Internationale Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse, 1935, Bd. XXI, Heft 2, S. 165–188, and Heft 3, S. 389–418.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 17:224-225.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: General: C. D. Daly. 'Der Kern des Oedipuskomplexes.' Internationale Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse, 1935, Bd. XXI, Heft 2, S. 165–188, and Heft 3, S. 389–418.

(1936). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 17:224-225

General: C. D. Daly. 'Der Kern des Oedipuskomplexes.' Internationale Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse, 1935, Bd. XXI, Heft 2, S. 165–188, and Heft 3, S. 389–418.

I. F. Grant

These two papers argue that the menstruation-complex is the nuclear part of the Oedipus-complex. The boy on first becoming aware of the smell of his mother, when menstruating, is intensely sexually excited; the knowledge of her bleeding then fills him with a double fear according to his stage of development. The one fear is of being eaten, the other is of being castrated. The jealousy, fear and hatred of his father is now directed against his mother as the object from which sexual temptation arises.

Phylogenetically, the father of the primal horde punished any attempt to copulate with his females by killing and devouring the offender. After the young males had killed the primal father, they fought to the death for the females in rut, until in order to prevent bloodshed, it was forbidden to

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approach a female in rut. The female who presented herself in such a condition was visited with death; this artificial interference, with her natural time for copulation, led to the bleeding which we know as menstruation. This bleeding in its turn had its place in upholding sexual inhibition, and in raising the incest barrier. The fear of being devoured by the older generation was replaced by the castration threats of initiation-ceremonies. The origin of the vagina-dentata is the devouring mouth of the cannibalistic father.

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Article Citation

Grant, I.F. (1936). General. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 17:224-225

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