phallic stage

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Synonyms for phallic stage

(psychoanalysis) the third stage in a child's development when awareness of and manipulation of the genitals is supposed to be a primary source of pleasure

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In the phallic stage there is a shift from attachment to sexual object-seeking, which would then lead to the abandonment of the mother in favour of the father.
In my view, there is a continuous line from Freud's account of the phallic stage to recent gender theories, (38) which together constitute a cultural-psychoanalytic collusion in restricting the idea of masculinity to its phallic form, whether in espousing or repudiating it.
He distinguished the oral stage in which the focus of pleasure is the mouth, the anal stage, where the focus of pleasure is the anus, and the phallic stage, where the focus of pleasure is the genitalia.