The Politics of Feminism

  • Keith A. Reader


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:


Historical Materialism Feminist Writer Marguerite Dura Lacanian Version Feminist Lawyer 
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Notes and References

  1. 4.
    S. de Beauvoir, After ‘The Second Sex’ (Pantheon Books, New York, 1984) p. 32.Google Scholar
  2. 13.
    L. Irigaray, Ce sexe qui n’en est pas un (Minuit, Paris, 1977) p. 213.Google Scholar

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© Keith A. Reader 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Keith A. Reader
    • 1
  1. 1.Kingston PolytechnicUK

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