This Sex which is Not One

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Cornell University Press, 1985 - Psychology - 223 pages
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In This Sex Which Is Not One, Luce Irigaray elaborates on some of the major themes of Speculum of the Other Woman, her landmark work on the status of woman in Western philosophical discourse and in psychoanalytic theory. In eleven acute and widely ranging essays, Irigaray reconsiders the question of female sexuality in a variety of contexts that are relevant to current discussion of feminist theory and practice.

Among the topics she treats are the implications of the thought of Freud and Lacan for understanding womanhood and articulating a feminine discourse; classic views on the significance of the difference between male and female sex organs; and the experience of erotic pleasure in men and in women. She also takes up explicitly the question of economic exploitation of women; in an astute reading of Marx she shows that the subjection of woman has been institutionalized by her reduction to an object of economic exchange. Throughout Irigaray seeks to dispute and displace male-centered structures of language and thought through a challenging writing practice that takes a first step toward a woman's discourse, a discourse that would put an end to Western culture's enduring phallocentrism.

Making more direct and accessible the subversive challenge of Speculum of the Other Woman, this volume—skillfully translated by Catherine Porter (with Carolyn Burke)—will be essential reading for anyone seriously concerned with contemporary feminist issues.


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User Review  - Helen - Goodreads

When I first encountered this work of, um, feminist psychiatry, I was vey young and mostly just in love with the very lyrical translation of a work I presumed to be all about Irigaray's own poonanny ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Ma - Goodreads

I first read it in my junior year in college, among the first bunch of philosophical texts in English I've read - needless to say, it didn't make much sense. Now reading it again, it is surprisingly ... Read full review


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This Sex Which Is Not One
Another Look
The Power of Discourse and the Subordination of the Feminine
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The Mechanics of Fluids
Women on the Market
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Frenchwomen Stop Trying
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Luce Irigaray is Director of Research in Philosophy at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris. A doctor of philosophy, Luce Irigaray is also trained in linguistics, philology, psychology and psychoanalysis. Now acknowledged as a key influential thinker of our times, her work focuses on the culture of two subjects, masculine and feminine - particularly through the liberation of a feminine subjectivity - something she explores in a range of literary forms, from the philosophical to the scientific, the political and the poetic.

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