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D'Ercole, A. (2011). “I'll Have What She's Having”: Commentary on Paper by Karen E. Starr and Lewis Aron. Psychoanal. Dial., 21(4):398-405.

(2011). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 21(4):398-405

“I'll Have What She's Having”: Commentary on Paper by Karen E. Starr and Lewis Aron

Ann D'Ercole, ABPP

This discussion utilizes a feminist discourse originating in the 1970s to reconsider Freud's famous question, “What do women want?” and from there explores some hidden dimensions in Starr and Aron's paper concerning female agency, sexuality, and the twists and turns of psychoanalytic theory and social conventions. Highlighting Rachel Maines's researches into the use of vibrators in medical treatment in particular, the discussion illuminates how social conventions function as powerful determinants that legislate what is seen and not seen, what is questioned and what is accepted—and ultimately what is considered psychoanalytic “bedrock.”

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