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Bouchard, M. (1994). Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis/revue Canadienne De Psychanalyse. I, Number 1, 1993: The Role of Fantasy in Shaping and Tracking Female Gender Choice and Sexual Experience: To Make Love or To Make Believe? That Is the Question. Estelle Shane and Morton Shane. Pp. 127-143.. Psychoanal Q., 63:822-823.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis/revue Canadienne De Psychanalyse. I, Number 1, 1993: The Role of Fantasy in Shaping and Tracking Female Gender Choice and Sexual Experience: To Make Love or To Make Believe? That Is the Question. Estelle Shane and Morton Shane. Pp. 127-143.

(1994). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 63:822-823

Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis/revue Canadienne De Psychanalyse. I, Number 1, 1993: The Role of Fantasy in Shaping and Tracking Female Gender Choice and Sexual Experience: To Make Love or To Make Believe? That Is the Question. Estelle Shane and Morton Shane. Pp. 127-143.

Marc-André Bouchard

This paper discusses the place of conscious fantasy in the sexual life of women. In certain psychoanalytic, lay, and literary sources, fantasy is thought to enhance sexual experience. In contrast, the authors have observed that conscious fantasy appears often to serve as needed protection against full, intersubjective, sensual-sexual sharing with another, a protection that in itself provides the conditions necessary for sexual satisfaction. For Freud, fantasy takes the place of actual experience; for Klein, phantasy invariably accompanies it. This crucial distinction has been blurred over the course of the time, particularly in the area of sexuality where fantasy plays a central role. The predominant point of view of those who have written about this topic (e.g.,

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Kernberg, Stoller, Hollander) is that there need be no concern that conscious fantasy interferes with mutuality. But clinical experience has led the Shanes to conclude that private fantasy and shared fantasy can both serve to dilute intimacy and to protect against the fullness and immediacy of sensual-sexual sharing.

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Article Citation

Bouchard, M. (1994). Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis/revue Canadienne De Psychanalyse. I, Number 1, 1993. Psychoanal. Q., 63:822-823

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