Penis envy may sound pretty straightforward, but it is a far cry from being a simple problem. The term was coined by Sigmund Freud in the early 20th century; however, roots of this concept lie centuries ago. Within science and culture, penis envy basically refers to women's lack of that organ. It can also refer to men who are envious of other, presumably larger penises. It is recommended to speak to a sex therapist or counselor should this problem get out of hand.
The penis has long been a symbol of masculinity and power. In recent years, the media has placed a great deal of attention on penis size. Films and television shows are adding to the male population's anxiety and this does not seem to be in the process of declining anytime soon. This type of complex has been placed on women for years concerning their weight.
The female equivalent to penis envy, however, is womb envy; a term given by Karen Horney, the neo-Freudian feminist. Many sources exist to find out whether your penis size is average or not. The Kinsey Institute is a reliable source of information about both male and female sexuality. Most men believe the grass is greener on the other side, but that is not always the case. It is therefore very important to do your own research before envying others for something you may already have.