Sigmund Freud claimed to have the answers in regards to the fetish, the male fetish I might add, when he published the piece title Fetishism. Mr. Freud was righting the article for the laymen, the man who seeks him out for all his answers; people who could not dare figure this out on their own. “There is no need to expect that these people came to analysis on account of their fetish.” These are people sitting at home, or living out there lives in complete denial that they even have a problem, a fetish. Sigmund Freud believed that all men are homosexuals (women being excluded from his analysis) and spend their entire lives fighting and coping with this consequence.
Males were the only ones who got fetishes, or Sigmund Freud had no clue as to what went on in the female thought process. Apparently Freud had no critical analysis as to why a female would get a fetish; it could not be because they are in search of that missing penis. “The fetish is a substitute for the woman’s (the mother’s) penis that the little boy once believed in…and does not want to give up on.” All little boys must have been fixated on their mother’s body (like Freud himself?), and the penis in general; the boy must have wanted to touch and hold the penis if an entire fetish derived from it. What about the little girl, they see their mother naked and later on in life have a fetish. What is her fetish from? “It revealed itself so naturally and seemed to me so compelling that I am prepare to expect the same solution in all cases of fetishism…now I announce that the fetish is a substitute for the penis.” Sigmund Freud is speaking in terms of all fetishes, making general claims that engulf the female characteristics as much as the male; was he never asked where he got his evidence from, and how could the female be involved in these weird schematics of events in his head? Sigmund Freud was projecting his own life experiences on the world as analytical answers to the human character.
Men spend their every existence in the search for that missing penis they have yet to find. Sigmund Freud argues that every man is in some sort is a homosexual, and he just finds ways of coping with it. “Some people become homosexual…while others fend it off by creating a fetish, and the great majority surmounts it.” According to Freud, all men are homosexuals that struggle with it daily, and distract themselves from the fright of the female genitals; somehow most men are able to live out their lives no longer fighting the homosexual battle, but overcoming the urge. Sigmund Freud has found the winners answer, why those men who are not homosexual are able to fight it off, and exist as heterosexual beings. “The normal prototype of fetishes is a man’s penis, just as the normal prototype of inferior organs is a woman’s real small penis, the clitoris.” So in essence, all men are homosexuals, and have never surmounted it; why do men have fetishes then if the penis they search out, the missing penis on their mother’s body, is there all along? Sigmund Freud’s entire argument contradicts itself in the last utterance on the essay; the fetish derives from the missing penis on the mother’s vagina that apparently is there all along, and only found when the little boy becomes a man.
Sigmund Freud’s entire argument that men are in constant search of the missing penis made no sense; his own sexual frustrations seemed to be projected onto the studies he was conducting. Where did he come up with this stuff? The answer to all fetishism can be found in the castration of the penis from the mother’s body, and men become afraid of the vagina until they find the penis again.