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Sanville, J.B. (1999). Contemporary Psychoanalytic Voices in North America: The Death of Gender Stereotypes or the Birth of New Fictions of Femininity?. Gender and Psychoanalysis, 4(3):225-252.

(1999). Gender and Psychoanalysis, 4(3):225-252

Contemporary Psychoanalytic Voices in North America: The Death of Gender Stereotypes or the Birth of New Fictions of Femininity?

Jean Bovard Sanville, Ph.D.

In this paper I will highlight the contemporary voices of women in North America who have effected a virtual revolution in the way psychoanalysis views issues of gender. Not long ago feminists in the United States were intensely antagonistic toward psychoanalysis. They were outraged at Freud's portrayal of the female, especially at his notion that anatomy was destiny. They saw few signs that his followers were inclined to depart from the master's androcentric concepts. So strong was their prejudice against us that, when my late husband and I together wrote Illusion in Loving: A Psychoanalytic Approach to the Evolution of Intimacy and Autonomy (Shor and Sanville, 1978), the Feminist Bookstore in Westwood, California, refused to carry it because of the inclusion of that word psychoanalytic in its title.

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