New PDF release: Lacan and Postfeminism

By Elizabeth Wright

Jacques Lacan has been stated as one of many giants of psychoanalysis, whose impact has unfold faraway from the medical psychology that his theories have been rooted in, to turn into a marginally element in English, social technology, philosophy and maybe such a lot considerably, feminism. in addition, his key paintings at the structure of identification and the popularity of self have enabled feminism to maneuver with the days and adapt its theories to a brand new political weather. Nominal equality at the very least could have mostly been accomplished for lots of girls within the western international - however the previous questions nonetheless hang-out the deliberating gender kinfolk, and require clean enter if trenchant feedback is to stay alive.

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This implies that a biological male can inscribe himself on the female side and a biological female on the male side. Each speaking being can choose to inscribe 31 L ACA N A N D P O S T F E M I N I S M itself on either side, although this will be a ‘forced’ choice, imposed by the parameters of the history of the subject’s unconscious. Gender Arguments: Masquerade, Performance and Citation What Lacan emphasises is the division between the organism and the subject, while at the same time recognising the continuity between the bodily and the psychic.

The importance of Riviere’s essay lies in its questioning the distinction between genuine womanliness and pretence. Lacan’s dictum, ‘The woman does not exist’, indicates that in the unconscious there is no signifier for ‘the woman’. The masquerade reveals a psychical structure which is a response not to a man’s desire but to a male fantasy. Moreover, biological differentiations are inadequate. Too many people seem to cross over: there are biological males with feminine structure and biological females with masculine structure.

What is this Other? The Other in Lacanian thought is not the Other of discourses such as social anthropology and cultural studies; it is not another person or group. In psychoanalysis, the Other is treated impersonally as the symbolic system in which the individual self in its autonomy is treated as an illusion. The Other is not so much that which determines reality and directs our choices, but a structure 37 L ACA N A N D P O S T F E M I N I S M that works through a constitutive lack via a promise it cannot fulfil.

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