sovay: (Cho Hakkai: intelligence)
Tonight, as part of Arisia's Dramatic Readings from the Ig Nobel Prizes, I got to read selected excerpts from Simon Rothenberg and Arthur B. Brenner's "The Number 13 as a Castration Fantasy" (Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 1955).

It is likely these fantasies refer to the primal scene; they also conceal a wish to see the phallus of the aggressive woman, represented by his mother and his wife. The fear of seeing the dead was therefore a castration fear, displaced to the number 13, which first emerged when the wish for his wife's death threatened to become conscious.

It's been a good day.
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