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Ayouch, T. (2020). Epilogue: Are Gender and Race Psychoanalytic Issues?. Psychoanal. Inq., 40(8):680-685.

(2020). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 40(8):680-685

Epilogue: Are Gender and Race Psychoanalytic Issues?

Thamy Ayouch

Can psychoanalysis be misogynistic, LGBTQIAphobic, colonial and racist? … More locally, to which extent does part of French psychoanalysis lay itself open to such criticism? The question may sound quite preposterous, since psychoanalysis is not supposed to confine itself to collective prejudiced representations nor take up the master signifiers and Imaginary forms of an epoch. And yet, during decades, in the name of psychoanalysis, numerous authors in France have approached gay and lesbian sexualities, transidentities, non-heterocentric sexualities and sexuations, or family rearrangements, through pathologizing nosographic and etiological perspectives. The examples are sadly numerous, as shown by the public positions taken by psychoanalysts in France in the last three decades in the debates around Civil Union (called “PaCS”), same-sex marriage (“Mariage pour tous”) or gay and lesbian parenthood. These discourses, dwelling on irreducible gender identity and sex difference, denounce social transformations as attacks of the Symbolic Law. In a mixture of dogma and psittacism, they tend to reproduce the most trite and threadbare clichés dressed in eternal metapsychology.


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