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Penis Envy

Penis envy is a freudian term relating to young girls being ultimately jealous of their father's penises. Freud claims that at a certain stage in a young girls psycho social development, she begins to imitate her mother in an attempt to take over her mother's role and ultimately reach her father's penis. Freud claims young girls want to cut their mothers out of their lives, because they have a sexual desire to be with their fathers and they want to control their fathers.

Today, the term can mean men being jealous of the size of other men's genitals or women wanting to physically have a penis instead of their own sex organs.