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For girls horses are more important than for boys. In general we find girls less inclined than boys to invest mechanical objects with sexual significance. Since their bodies provide no model of dramatic erection and detumescence, girls are not so readily fascinated by objects that can be made to start and stop at their owners will. Large animals that can be induced to lend their strength to the people astride their backs seem on the other hand to be particularly suited to express the little girls' fantasy of possessing a penis, or of gaining possession of a whole man's powers and so partaking of his masculinity.