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Mary and femininity: A psychological critique.

Authors
  • Harrington, P A1
  • 1 Department of Religion, La Salle College, 20th St. & Olney Ave., 19141, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of religion and health
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1984
Volume
23
Issue
3
Pages
204–217
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/BF00990786
PMID: 24307075
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

This essay uses Freud to interpret the symbolism and theology of Mary in modern Catholicism. In her role as the mother of believers, Mary functions to place the Christian in the position of a child who receives illusory gratification from the mother. In her role as model for Christians to emulate, Mary functions to place the Christian in the position of receptivity and dependence which Freud associated with femininity. Reinterpreting Freud from a feminist perspective, I suggest that the kind of femininity Mary represents serves to perpetuate patriachal social structures and to inhibit full psychological maturity.

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