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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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OLIVEIRA, Luciano Lima de  and  FONTENELE, Laéria. Conceptions of masculine and masculineness according to Freud and considerations from the hearing of men who underwent penectomy due to cancer. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2013, vol.13, n.1, pp. 167-188. ISSN 1808-4281.

The theme of masculine and masculineness is recurrent in the speech of men who underwent penectomy due to cancer of the penis, these men being the subject of our post-graduate research.  It is in this environment that we ran into Freud’s fine approach to both concepts. It is our aim with this article to order systematically those concepts from Freud’s work.  To this end, we developed an exegetical work involving the main texts in which he deals with the theme.  We start from the premise that masculine and masculineness are two separate concepts although they are articulated very clearly.  We tried to show that while the former is related to sex drive dynamics, the latter refers to a choice of a sexual positioning at the end of the Oedipus complex.  Such a choice refers less to the separation of two sexes than to two kinds of positioning in face of the phallus and the object that causes desire. Besides, we worked details of male desire, especially those related to the dissociation between love and desire.

Keywords : Masculine; Masculineness; Sexuality; Drive.

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