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PAGES 98, 105, 116-118, 120 HOMER
PHALLOCENTIRISM (295The term '[[phallocentrism]]' refers to the tendency to focus all discussion of [[sexual difference]] on the primacy of the [[phallus]].The adjective 'phallo-6) CDcentric' was coined by the British psychoanalyst [[Ernest Jones]] in a discussion of the early development of [[female sexuality]] that brought him into conflict with [[Freud]] over the question of the [[phallic phase]], in which children believe that the [[penis]] is the sole sexual organ and that [[femininity]] is the result of [[castration]].<ref>1927</ref>[[Jones]] argues that the girl does have an awareness of her own sexual organs, but alos that [[masculinity]] and [[femininity]] are innate and absolute polarities.He contends that discussions of the development of sexuality have been dominated by the 'unduly phallo-centric views' of male [[analyst]]s and that the importance of the female organs has been 'correspondingly underestimated.'The possible protofeminist implications of his claims are immediately undermined when [[Jones]] goes on to add that women have compounded the problem by adopting what he calls 'a secretive attitude towards their own genitals' and by showing 'a hardly disguised preference for interest in the male organ.' In contemporary usage, '[[phallocentrism]]' tends to refer to the Lacanian theory of the [[phallus]].The accussation of [[phallocentrism]] is crucial to [[Irigaray]]'s critique of [[psychoanalysis]]. 
==See Also==
* [[Phallus]]
* [[Penis Envy]]
==References==<references/>PAGES 98, 105, 116-118, 120 HOMERPHALLOCENTIRISM (295-6) CD [[Category:Sexuality]][[Category:Jacques Lacan]]
[[Category:Psychoanalysis]]
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