Don’t even straight children go through a sort of “gay period” — where they haven’t completely linked their sexuality to a gender, but are often immensely attracted to a member of their own sex? Perhaps because their own gender is more accessible and intimate to them than members of the opposite sex.
While Freud was a real jerk, there are a few things I do agree with him.
In the period of child development prior to the “Oedipus Complex” period, all children first try to bond with their mother. When children are born, whether male or female, consciousness and the related memory storage and processing is done emotionally in a feminine manner. This is the diminished gradually and at about age 8-9 the logical intellectual aspect of consciousness begins to develop. This is in 3rd grade when they usually begin long division and multiplication. This logical aspect of consciousness creates the separation from the mother and is the basis for building the ego self (which peaks at age 16 when they know it all!!)
This is the reason that 4th grade is the hardest for teachers as the children change so much from the beginning of the school year to the end. They begin in a dependency, follow the rules attitude and end with a rebellious attitude.
During the birth to age 8-9, most children try to have a strong relationship with their mother. When there is a strong dominate controlling mother, it often delays puberty and leads to a very feminine son.... Reason, they develop as the compliment of the controlling mother who has fostered a codependency. The dominate controlling nature of the mother is a masculine manifestation of her personality.