“The need for genital satisfaction…”

Another post I’d drafted and forgotten to publish, this time another TOTALLY AWESOME footnote from Freud’s Civilization and Its Discontents (not as good as this one, but still pretty good):

One may suppose that the founding of families was connected with the fact that a moment came when the need for genital satisfaction no longer made its appearance like a guest who drops in suddenly, and, after his departure, is heard of no more for a long time, but instead took up its quarters as a permanent lodger. When this happened, the male acquired a motive for keeping the female, or, speaking more generally, his sexual objects, near him; while the female, who did not want to be separated from her helpless young, was obliged, in their interests, to remain with the stronger male. (Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents, Standard Ed., tr. James Strachey. Norton, 1989. p.53)


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