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Outside and Inside, Male and Female reconsidered.

Author: McGihon, C. L. Denny
Author Background:
Date 12/1/98
Type Journal
Journal Title: Clinical-Social-Work-Journal
Volume/Pages Vol 26(4): 385-396
Subject Matter Gender Issues
Abstract Reconsiders J. Kestenberg s classic work Outside and Inside, Male and Female (see record 1970-08590-001) in the light of subsequent work on gender identity and psycho-sexual development. Kestenberg argued that the fear of internal genital sensations was common to both men and women and an obstacle to sexual development. An understanding of the fears and phantasies men and women have about their bodies which they project onto each other is an important aspect of therapeutic work, which the author believes does not receive adequate attention. Through 2 case examples the author shows where Kestenberg s theory is still valid and where it needs to be revised. While Kestenberg could assume a normative heterosexuality, the author suggests we must now reexamine our theories in the light of challenges presented by homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)