Psychoanalysis and Gender Essay by The Research Group

Psychoanalysis and Gender
Examines four post-Freudian approaches to male-female relationships, identity and the impact of gender roles on children.
# 14812 | 2,250 words | 4 sources | 1999 | US

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There are currently many feminists who assert that the essential psychoanalytic framework of male/female relationships is not relevant to the concerns and needs of women. Indeed, as noted by Harris (1991), those holding this view argue that early Freudian notions of gender (such as those describing the male/female relationship by relating it to the mythical tale of Medusa turning warriors to stone), are actually derogatory to women. However, it is contended here that many of those arguing against the relevance of the psychoanalytic framework for explaining gender relationships are really not very familiar with this framework beyond what was originally stated by Freud. The purpose, therefore, of this paper is to provide a comprehensive ..."

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