Download PDF by Paul Verhaeghe, Marc Du Ry: Does the Woman Exist?: From Freud's Hysteric to Lacan's

By Paul Verhaeghe, Marc Du Ry

First released in English 1997; revised version 1999

"A excellent resolution to the confusions surrounding Freud's and Lacan's thought of female sexuality. . . . A needs to for a person who desires to grab what psychoanalysis has to claim today."

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When black people collectively experienced racist oppression in similar ways, there was greater group solidarity. Racial integration has indeed altered in a fundamental way the common ground that once served as a foundation for black liberation struggle. Today black peo­ ple of different classes are victimized by racism in distinctly different ways. Despite racism, privileged black people have available to them a variety of life choices and possibilities. We cannot respond to the emergence of multiple black experiences by advocating a return to narrow cultural nationalism.

Using myself as an example, that creative writing I do which I consider to be most reflective of a postmodern oppositional sensibility, work that is abstract, fragmented, non-linear narrative, is constantly rejected by editors and publishers. It 30 YEARNING does not conform to the type of writing they think black women should be doing or the type of writing they believe will sell. Certainly I do not think I am the only black person engaged in forms of cultural production, especially experimental ones, who is constrained by the lack of an audience for certain kinds of work.

Politically, black men continue to assume dominant leadership roles, rarely if ever paying lip service to the need for a change in thinking about gender. Even when Jesse Jack­ son emphasized gender issues in his recent campaign, his comments were most often perceived as being addressed to a white female con­ stituency. Many Jesse Jackson supporters were black women, yet he never made any specific appeals to gender concerns that deeply affect our future, issues of poverty and childcare. Black male and female re­ fusal to consider the importance of eradicating sexism has ongoing negative consequences for black solidarity.

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