The Politics of Feminism
The point, emphasised in the previous chapter, that Lacan’s concept of the phallus marks a shift away from the biological determination of subjectivity and sexuality requires important qualification — has, indeed, received just that, notably from feminists critical of the phallocracy of his practice. One of his seminars was devoted to the question posed by Freud in a letter to Marie Bonaparte (‘The great question that has never been answered and which I have never yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is “What does a woman want?”’). Lacan’s answer to (or gloss on) the Freudian enigma includes the following:
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