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What is penis envy?

Sigmund Freud coined the term "penis envy" to describe the displeasure that little girls experience when they realize they do not have a penis. It also describes how these girls to take actions over the course of their lives to compensate for lacking a penis.

To the delight of many feminists, a good many psychologists downplay this idea, or dismiss it entirely. They say it is entirely possible for women to be motivated on their own power, without having to compensate for a lack of male parts.

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