The counterpart of phallic symbol

While exploring the world of phallic symbols (inventory of postings to follow), I came across two in which phallic symbols (standing for the sexually insertive organ, the penis) were depicted in combination with a counterpart representing a sexually receptive bodypart: notably, the Birthday Phallus greeting card in “Not at all innocent”, with a phallic candle inserted in a receptive cupcake; and the Phallic Veg collage in “The symbolic and the real, joined”, with a cluster of phallic vegetables surrounding a central flower.

The question is: what do we call the counterpart of a phallic symbol?

Before you rush to write a reference to yoni vs. lingam or similar sex-differentiated pairs in other languages, consider the homo-heavy context of my examples, a context in which a symbolic penis is depicted as being inserted, or insertable, in a symbolic anus (or mouth) rather than a vagina. The counterpart to a phallic symbol is an image that calls up a sexual concavity, or the external appearance of the entrance to such a cavity. Such an image can be interpreted in different ways by different viewers, depending on their sexual desires and practices: a hot dog is a symbolic penis for everyone, but the bun means different things to different viewers.

Another layer of complexity is that actual mouths and lips can serve symbolically as vaginas or anuses, in much the same way that erect nipples on a man can serve symbolically as penises — one body-part standing in for another.

Such cases might provide a route to the term I’m looking for: a bodily concavity that isn’t itself sexual but can stand in for any of the three sexually receptive concavities. I nominate the navel, in ancient Greek the omphalos. So: an omphalic symbol (omphalic already has uses as a medical term). Well, it’s my best candidate at the moment.

An inventory of phallicity postings. The story begins on this blog with “Failure to fact-check” (8/23/10 here) and “Pink Freud” (9/11/10 here) and continues in a series of posings on AZBlogX (several with XXX-rated images):

9/5/10: Phallicity: the introduction (link)

9/12/10: Phallicity: Würste (link)

9/13/10: Phallicity: innocent? (1) (link)

9/13/10: Phallicity: innocent? (2) (link)

9/15/10: Phallicity: not at all innocent (link)

9/15/10: Phallicity: the symbolic and the real, joined (link)

9/21/10: Phallicity: hi-def meets hot dog (link)

10/25/10: Phallicity: high-macho displays (link)

8 Responses to “The counterpart of phallic symbol”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    A new phallicity posting, but without actual XXX-rated content:

    11/12/10: Phallicity: Rocket to Uranus (link)

  2. arnold zwicky Says:

    And now another, again without actual XXX-rated content:

    11/16/10: Phallicity: the salt/pepper shaker (link)

  3. arnold zwicky Says:

    And still another, though this time with racy images:

    11/16/10: Phallicity: the penisaurus (link)

  4. arnold zwicky Says:

    And on dildos:

    11/9/10: Lives of the pornstars (link)

    11/30/10: Phallicity: Falcon SuperCocks (link)

  5. A note on Mineshaft and Toolbox « Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] social contexts): Mineshaft and Toolbox. Each has a phallic component (shaft and tool) and an omphalic component (mine and box), thus providing the whole package of anal intercourse in a single […]

  6. arnold zwicky Says:

    And now an Arcimboldo-style dick portrait:

    12/14/10: Phallicity: the 16th century (link)

  7. arnold zwicky Says:

    And now Reese Rideout:

    1/2/11: Phallicity: Reese Rideout (link)

  8. arnold zwicky Says:

    Add to these: postings on hi-def underwear, for instance:

    8/16/10: Hi-def (link)

    12/21/10: The Xmas package 4 (link)

    12/23/10: The Xmas package 5 (link)

    1/9/11: Showoff (link)

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