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03 October 2010 @ 05:15 pm
Moar grad school  
Reading Erikson's "Identity and the Life Cycle" for my Psychology of Lifespan class, I've learned the following:

1) Americans have warmer relationships with their young children than any other culture in the world. That's right, the WHOLE WORLD.

2) African Americans (excuse me, "Negroes") are only sort of American. Same goes, ironically, for Native Americans.

3) Boys are commonly challenged in their attempts to identify with authority figures of their own gender because so many teachers are women.

4) Every young girl struggles with a sense of inferiority when she realizes she lacks a penis. She understands from at least age 4 that her clitoris is not an adequate substitute.

Also, if you, as an adult, tell a little boy that he's "a queer," guess what he'll grow up to be? Just guess.

We're reading this because Erikson is a crucial figure in stage theory. He expanded on Freud's ideas about the stages of childhood development, and introduced the idea that adults also go through stages. Still, I expect a lot of angry ranting about this article in class on Tuesday.

If no one else rants, I sure as fuck will.

Unless, that is, I'm too hung up on the inherent inferiority of my poor, tiny clitoris.
twasadarktwasadark on October 4th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
Wow, sounds ... wild? And bizarre!

Didn't you know you're missing out on life without a penis? I'm with Elaine (Seinfeld) when she said, "I don't know how you guys walk around with that thing."

nickelmountainnickelmountain on October 4th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's tragic. Maybe I'd feel better about it if I did as much coke as Freud, but I think I'll just process my internal conflict the old fashioned way.

Which is to say, relentless mocking.

For one of my college writing workshops, I wrote a story in which I referred to a penis as "soft and small, like a wet cigarette." The girls in class loved it. The boys did not.