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October 19, 1999
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How do people in sexually repressive cultures and situations use Freudian defense mechanisms to avoid confronting their sexuality?

October 19, 1999
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All...here's some info to help you help collegegirl make educated discussions for this:


RATIONALIZATION: providing "explanations" to excuse inconsistent or irrational behavior, and not being aware that this is happening.

MINIMIZING: protecting yourself from worry or anxiety by viewing significant events or problem behaviors as being less
important (smaller) than they actually are.

EXTERNALIZATION: believing outside forces or circumstances are the cause of your self-destructive behaviors. This defense
mechanism allows you to avoid accepting responsibility for behavior.

INTELLECTUALIZATION: using lengthy argument or small detail (deflecting behavior) to distract from the task at hand.

PROJECTION: attributing your own undesirable traits or thoughts onto another person.

DISPLACEMENT: redirecting emotions such as anger form the source of frustration, and discharging them onto other
persons, objects, or ideas.

UNDOING: engaging in behavior designed to symbolically make amends for or negate previously unacceptable thoughts,
feelings, or actions. This is not to be confused with actual and direct amends made to persons we may have harmed.

REGRESSION: returning to a less mature level of behavior.

FANTASY: escaping from an unpleasant or undesirable situation through daydreaming, "tuning out", or not paying attention.

ACTING-OUT: acting without reflection or apparent regard for negative consequences.

PASSIVE AGGRESSION: indirectly and unassertively expressing aggression toward others.


It’s hard for women to live with the pain of being oppressed while everyone is telling them they’re not; it’s easy to be in
denial about oppression. Most women can’t face the depth of the oppression they live in, it’s too angering, painful, and if
pondered, can be ultimately debilitating. Long lived oppression can have drastic effects; women’s oppression is now
culturally internalized and is about 3,500 years old. Because the oppression has lasted so long, it becomes normal. The
stereotypes about the oppressed group become the norm, and as a result, the oppressed group oppresses itself. In this
case, men no longer have to put women down, men don’t have to control women’s sexuality, women will control it for

A good example ,on an international level, is female genital mutilation stretching across North Africa and into Asia.
Mothers and aunts are either fully or partially responsible for the activity. Women do this to their own female children.
This is also similar to slave overseers (slave managers) on plantations in the Southern US. Many of the overseers were
African American slaves themselves, and controlled other African American slaves. We see this pattern continually with
long time oppressed groups, where the oppressed group members begin doing the work of the oppressors. People of
oppressed groups come to believe things are the way they are supposed to be.

- SC

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Thanks for the helpful info! Any more opinions would also be gladly appreciated.

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