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Friedlander, K. (1938). Sexuality: Otto Fenichel. 'Die symbolische Gleichung: Mädchen—Phallus.' Internat. Zeitschrift f. Psychoanalyse, 1936, Bd. XXII, Hf. 3, pp. 299–314.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 19:354-355.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Sexuality: Otto Fenichel. 'Die symbolische Gleichung: Mädchen—Phallus.' Internat. Zeitschrift f. Psychoanalyse, 1936, Bd. XXII, Hf. 3, pp. 299–314.

(1938). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 19:354-355

Sexuality: Otto Fenichel. 'Die symbolische Gleichung: Mädchen—Phallus.' Internat. Zeitschrift f. Psychoanalyse, 1936, Bd. XXII, Hf. 3, pp. 299–314.

K. Friedlander

In an analysis of a transvestite it could be seen for the first time, that the symbolic formula: penis-child, can also appear in the special form of penis-girl. It is known that girls in their unconscious fantasies identify themselves with a penis. The formula of this identification is: I have stolen the penis and have eaten it up, and now I have become a penis myself. Fenichel describes briefly the case of a female patient who effected a compromise between her masculine and feminine tendencies by loving a man and fantasying that she was his penis. The penis also represented the womb and the embryo in the womb. The fantasy served the repression of another idea: I rob the man of his penis and must therefore be afraid of him. The Oedipus fantasies of this patient and her associations shewed a connection between phallus-figures in fairy tales and 'saving small girls (rettende kleine Mädchen)' like Mignon, King Lear's youngest daughter and so on. Fenichel assumes that apart from their significance as 'saving fantasy', these small girls have perhaps also the significance of a penis, and he strengthens that supposition with a number of facts taken from literature and his own observations. The figure of the 'phallus-girl' gets endowed with further details by the analysis of the qualities of clown-figures. Apparently the fantasy of the 'phallus-girl', which appears in the analysis of men as well, is a fantasy in which male and female narcissism, the male and female instinct to be looked at, are condensed. The fantasy of the 'phallus-girl' has apparently a relationship

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to two forms of perversion, to a certain kind of masochism and to sodomy.

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Article Citation

Friedlander, K. (1938). Sexuality. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 19:354-355

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