Castration and male rage: the phallic wound by Eugene Monick

By Eugene Monick

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Page 18 There she met a woodsman some years her senior. A long and delicious love-affair began, ended by his death. " She reveals the zinger. The man was essentially impotent. "12 Phallos, therefore, need not always require concrete phallos, however necessary phallos is as the basic image. If the inner phallic nature of the man is intact and hungry, his personality and his entire body become phallos. Celibate men who are constitutionally phallic are genuinely masculine. "13 In Jung's understanding of psychic energy, libido includes such elemental human requirements as creativity, connection with the "other," and ecstasy, the spiritual movement from ego to Self.

Pre-oedipal A second transformational period occurs when a boy baby, in what Freud calls his "sexual researches," discovers pleasurable sensations in the manipulation of his penis. This transformation turns on a boy's dawning awareness that he has a penis, that the penis is enjoyable, and that a subjective enjoyment of penis has to do with being a boy. A boy's discovery that he is a boy parallels his discovery that his mother is not a boy. A girl child also discovers, at some point, that she is different from her mother, but the difference is one of personhood, not of gender.

Page 30 daily, and the transformation thus engendered has monumental ramifications. Harold Kelman quotes Karen Horney: Now one of the exigencies of the biological differences between the sexes is this that the man is actually obliged [I would say by the fate of his gender physiology] to go on proving his manhood to the woman. . The man . . has to do something in order to fulfill himself. The ideal of "efficiency" is a typical masculine ideal . . 26 This revolution begins at puberty. It is altogether different for the female, whose ovulation begins at about the same time but is limited to twelve cycles a year, one egg a cycle, for, say, forty years a total of some 480 ova.

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