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Glenn, J. (1960). Circumcision and Anti-Semitism. Psychoanal Q., 29:395-399.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:395-399

Circumcision and Anti-Semitism

Jules Glenn, M.D.


Two clinical instances are cited to illustrate that the anti-Semite may harbor contradictory attitudes toward Jews. Because the Jew is circumcised, he is held to be castrated and effeminate. For the same reason, he is feared and envied as being virile, aggressive, and castrative. In both patients these conflicting prejudices were projections of bisexuality.

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