Female Sexuality: New Psychoanalytic Views by J. Chasseguet-Smirgel

By J. Chasseguet-Smirgel

Includes six essays and an advent on Freudian and non-Freudian perspectives of lady sexuality. participants comprise Joyce McDougal, Maria Torok and Bela Grunberger.

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T h e inability to accept the mother's castration can lead to a homosexual object-choice. It can also create an identification w i t h the castrated mother and at the same time a passive attitude toward the father. Such people have difficulty integrating their passivity, and this may lead to grave problems (paranoia, neurosis). This article was written in collaboration with Freud. Yet one sees in it certain divergences from Freud's views: The desire for a child precedes penis envy. It is related to the omnipotent mother.

Masturbation fantasies and the dreams of little girls show that they have an i n t u i ­ tive knowledge of their vaginas. As for frigidity, the question is not how the change from c l i ­ torai excitation to vaginal excitation is made but rather why the vaginal excitations have become repressed. T h e answer is to be found i n the existence of castration wishes toward the father, linked with O e d i p a l frustration and fear of revenge. These fears are similar to the boy's, but there are other fears Introduction 33 which are more specifically feminine, for example, fear caused by the disproportion between the father's big penis and the girl's small genital.

ERNEST THE JONES EARLY SEXUALITY D E V E L O P M E N T (1927) OF F E M A L E 2 6 Jones emphasizes the prejudices of analysts about female sexuality: men tend to have "phallo-centric" views and to underestimate the importance of female sex organs, while women tend to express an unconcealed preference for the male organ. Analysis should be able to throw some light on the reason for this prejudice. Jones bases this article on the analyses of five cases of homo­ sexuality i n women. H e tries to find answers to the following ques­ tions: 1.

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