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Reichbart, R. (2003). The Veiled Female Core. By Elina M. Reenokola. New York: Other Press, 2002, 156 pp., $22.00.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 51(4):1390-1395.

(2003). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 51(4):1390-1395

The Veiled Female Core. By Elina M. Reenokola. New York: Other Press, 2002, 156 pp., $22.00.

Review by:
Richard Reichbart

I lived on a farm where animals—horses, cows, sheep, pigs, dogs, cats—foaled, calved, gave birth to piglets, puppies, kittens; chicken, ducks, geese and turkeys laid eggs and brooded them until their young hatched. The summers and autumns of my childhood were filled with these events, which we followed with great curiosity and interest. Daily talk centered around fertility and procreation. There was also constant talk about women's deliveries and pregnancies. My mother gave birth to twins, and this was also for me an impressive and magnificent event [p. 128].

This is a small volume out of Finland, a country whose mythology is ruled by powerful and sometimes malevolent mother figures, and whose society provides at least nine months' maternity leave, beginning one month before birth. It is a volume about daughters and their relationship to their mothers, and in it, in her passion and simple writing, Reenkola seeks to remind us of what has been repressed in phallocentric psychoanalytic theory.


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