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Lewin, B.D. (1933). The Body as Phallus. Psychoanal Q., 2:24-47.

(1933). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 2:24-47

The Body as Phallus

Bertram D. Lewin


In summary, the following conclusions may be drawn from this consideration of the fantasy of the whole body being a penis:

1. The fantasy is a passive counterpart of the fantasy of eating the penis and represents an identification of the body with the penis.

2. The dominant sexual aim of the organization represented by the fantasy is to be eaten up, and this idea is an equivalent of the castration fantasy.

3. Other, subordinate aims are analogous to fore pleasure. These are urethral, anal, muscular, cutaneous, phallic, etc. A table will help clarify some of the symbolic relations between the body and the phallus:

Hat, clothes, fur, hair, skin. Prepuce, condom. (Hárnik).
Mouth (other portals). Urethra.
Vomitus and other ejecta (tears, saliva, etc.) voice, speech, screams, literary productions, etc. Semen, urine.
Muscular and vascular tension. Postural erectness. Erection.
Rubbing (massage, baths, etc.). Masturbation.
Relaxation (sleep, narcosis, death, etc.). Detumescence.
  To be EatenCoitus
"Return to mother's uterus" (body-uterus). Vagina dentata (fellatio) (mouth-penis).

4. The fantasy is characteristically part of a postphallic reorganization of the libidinal components.

5. There are four variants of the fantasy according to whether one's own body or the body of another person is equated with one's own penis or the penis of another person.

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