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Infant Sexuality

  Infant sexuality had not been thought to exist until Freud came across many images, dating from childhood, through the process of free association, involving the mouth and anus as well as the genitals in childhood recollections. The genitals figure less frequently than the mouth and anus, as young children were not equipped for genital sexuality. Freud thought even the youngest children are subject to strong impulses that are repressed. These discoveries shocked the Victorians who believed that children were non-sexual until puberty. From these insights he constructed a whole theory about the nature of sexuality. The infant is polymorphously perverse and is transformed by experience into an adult with a highly individual sexuality. MJ

Further reading Sigmund Freud, Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality.



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