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Corbett, K. (1997). It Is Time to Distinguish Gender from Health: Reflections on Lothstein's “Pantyhose Fetishism and Self Cohesion: A Paraphilic Solution?”. Gender and Psychoanalysis, 2(2):259-271.

(1997). Gender and Psychoanalysis, 2(2):259-271

It Is Time to Distinguish Gender from Health: Reflections on Lothstein's “Pantyhose Fetishism and Self Cohesion: A Paraphilic Solution?” Related Papers

Ken Corbett, Ph.D.

My reading of L. M. Lothstein's “Pantyhose Fetishism and Self Cohesion: A Paraphilic Solution?” (1997) leads me to the following plea: It is time to distinguish gender from health.

It is time to stop confusing the gender cart with the health horse, confounding the relatively late development of gender identity with the health of psychic equilibrium. In distinguishing gender from health, I am not suggesting that they are unrelated or discrete, nor do I intend to suggest that some manner of complex simplicity portends between gender and health. Rather, I believe, as I have argued elsewhere (Corbett, 1996), that gender and health are knit together through a process of interimplication. However, I do wish to entertain the possible ontogenetic significance of the way in which certain features of health develop prior to the coalescence of gender identity.


Ken Corbett is a Candidate at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis.

1 I do not speak of the need for psychic equilibrium and psychic structuralization, which are achieved in part through internalization and identification, naive to the postmodern deconstruction of the unity and stability of human subjectivity. Nor do I undertake such a course in opposition to postmodern theories. Rather I contend that a complex appreciation of human subjectivity rests not only on the reversing force of deconstruction, but also on an equal and opposite forwarding force of construction. I believe concepts such as psychic equilibrium and psychic structure can properly denote this multilinearity of psychological process.

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