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==Jacques Lacan==
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[[Lacan]] has often been accused of "[[phallocentrism]]."  And it is true that he has asserted that "the phallus is the privileged signifier."<ref></ref>
  
[[Lacan]] has often been accused of "[[phallocentrism]]."  And it is true that he has asserted that "the phallus is the privileged signifier."
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The meaning of the term [[phallus]], however, has often been misunderstood.  The term [[phallus]] must be distinguished from the term [[penis]].  The [[penis]] is an [[organ]] of the [[body]], but least of all an [[organ]], a [[penis]].  The [[phallus]] symbolizes the [[penis]] and the clitoris.  It is a [[signifier]].  In short, [[Lacan]]'s distinction between the [[penis]] and the [[phallus]] enables [[Freud]]'s [[biology|biologistic account]] of male superiority and [[women]]'s [[penis-envy]] to be explained in [[linguistics|linguistic]] and [[symbolic]], and thus historical terms.
 
 
The meaning of the term phallus, however, has often been misunderstood.  The term phallus must be distinguished from the term penis.  The penis is an organ of the body, but least of all an organ, a penis.  The [[phallus]] symbolizes the penis and the clitoris.  It is a [[signifier]].  In short, [[Lacan]]'s distinction between the penis and the [[phallus]] enables [[Freud]]'s [[biology|biologistic account]] of male superiority and [[women]]'s [[penis-envy]] to be explained in [[linguistics|linguistic]] and [[symbolic]], and thus historical terms.
 
  
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==
 
* [[Phallus]]
 
* [[Phallus]]
* [[Penis Envy]]
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* [Penis-envy|Penis Envy]]
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* [[Signifier]]
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* [[Symbolic]]
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

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Jacques Lacan

Lacan has often been accused of "phallocentrism." And it is true that he has asserted that "the phallus is the privileged signifier."Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no name must have content

The meaning of the term phallus, however, has often been misunderstood. The term phallus must be distinguished from the term penis. The penis is an organ of the body, but least of all an organ, a penis. The phallus symbolizes the penis and the clitoris. It is a signifier. In short, Lacan's distinction between the penis and the phallus enables Freud's biologistic account of male superiority and women's penis-envy to be explained in linguistic and symbolic, and thus historical terms.

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