the concept of penis envey, perhaps ....
|Sexual Politics, Kate
reconsidering Freud’s theories on women we must ask ourselves not only
what conclusions he drew from the evidence at hand but also upon what assumptions
he drew them. Freud did not accept his patient’s symptoms as evidence of
a justified dissatisfaction with the limiting circumstances imposed on
them by society, but as symptomatic of an independent and universal feminine
tendency. He named this tendency "penis envy," traced its origin to childhood
experience and based his theory of the psychology of women upon it, aligning
what he took to be the three corollaries of feminine psychology, passivity,
masochism, and narcissism, so that each was dependent upon, or related
to, penis envy.
Larger excerpt from
"Can I Have my Life Back Now," Maxim for Men. October, 1999: