Pregnancy Envy and the Politics of Compensatory Masculinities

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Dominant psychoanalytic paradigms locate the breast or penis/phallus as the touchstone for gender/sex/sexual development. This essay offers a critique of these accounts and an alternative theory of sexed forms of being: pregnancy envy and the kinship rules that result from this. The essay also provides an intellectual history of how previous efforts to theorize pregnancy envy, especially work by Ida Macalpine, were suppressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-296
Number of pages32
JournalPolitics and Gender
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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