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(1954). Psychiatric Quarterly. XXVII, 1953: Female Transvestitism and Homosexuality. H. S. Barahal. Pp. 390-438.. Psychoanal Q., 23:466.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psychiatric Quarterly. XXVII, 1953: Female Transvestitism and Homosexuality. H. S. Barahal. Pp. 390-438.

(1954). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 23:466

Psychiatric Quarterly. XXVII, 1953: Female Transvestitism and Homosexuality. H. S. Barahal. Pp. 390-438.

The treatment of a case of female homosexuality is described and the dynamics discussed. Transvestitism was a prominent symptom. The neurotic conflict and infantile neurosis which led to the homosexuality were overdetermined. The homosexuality was a means of 1, gaining mother's love; 2, dominating mother; 3, making mother jealous; 4, masochistic submission to mother as a repetition compulsion and as a punishment for feelings of guilt; 5, defense against mother's aggression; 6, removing the rival for father's love. The author concludes that tender feelings play a minor role in at least this case of homosexuality. Hostility, and defense against anxiety and frustration, seem to be the principal motivations. Transvestitism is a symptom manifesting the need to be a man, a more obvious exhibition of masculine attitudes and behavior common among women in our culture, which is oriented and directed toward masculinity.

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(1954). Psychiatric Quarterly. XXVII, 1953. Psychoanal. Q., 23:466

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