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The Ego and the Id by Sigmund Freud
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Jan 29, 2008

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bookshelves: theory, psychology
Read in January, 1998

Three stars because it's important to larger conversations, but... I'm looking at this stuff again and remembering why I got so annoyed with it.

Reductive synopsis: The male model is the norm (even anatomically); the female departs from it. The penis is the premise -- the given -- the phallus upon which arguments are made and conclusions drawn. If a woman gives birth to a baby, the child is only a symbolic substitute for the penis and the phallus (the power that comes from having the penis).
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