object choice

ob·ject choice

(ob'jekt choys),
In psychoanalysis, the object (usually a person) on which psychic energy is centered.

ob·ject choice

(ob'jekt choys)
psychoanalysis The object (usually a person) on which (or whom) psychic energy is centered.
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First, the digital extends the spaces of sex/sexuality beyond the immediately proximate, simultaneously expanding the potential for non-human object choice in intimate encounters.
But if otherness ceases to be tied specifically to sexual difference, we are left with the unresolved psychoanalytic question of how to ascribe meaning to erotic object choice.
As sexology gave way to psychiatry as the basis for understanding homosexuality, the social and clinical perception of the lesbian shifted from a matter of sexual inversion (the "inborn" manifestation of masculine gender traits) to one of object choice.
What Freud was never uncertain about was the innate bisexuality of all individuals and that this meant that anyone could potentially make a homosexual object choice.
As Ahmed demonstrates, deviation from this line of desire and reasoning not only threatens the presumed naturalness of orientation towards "oppositely sexed" object choice but also threatens to destabilize the basis for familial reproduction.
Canaday traces the convergence of these ideas, as the state joins the policing of the gender invert with the regulation of sexual object choice to form something akin to the contemporary dualism of "gay" and "straight.
constituting a narcissistic object choice made according to the Freudian
She embodies what most both disturbs and fascinates Jason simultaneously regarding the object choice of his libido--his mother.
Where in previous centuries, homosexuality had been viewed either as a sin or a crime, once same-sex object choice was also interpreted as a psychological abnormality, lesbians and gay men were by definition considered irreparably damaged "perverts" who were easily locked away in mental institutions.
However, a closer examination of the events leading up to this physical confrontation, as well as some background information about the players involved, reveals a whole complex of accusations and anxieties focused around the intersection of masculinity, sexual performance, and sexual object choice.
Having internalized the dominant sexual norms of the culture, their own social interaction with their children precipitates heterosexual object choice.
You shifted from being a man who loved women to being a woman who loved women; your object choice (woman) stayed the same, but because you changed genders, your social definition switched from heterosexual man to lesbian woman - all in/as the same body.