There Are Two Sexes: Essays in Feminology

Paperback | September 27, 2016

byAntoinette FouqueEditorSylvina BoissonnasTranslated byCatherine Porter

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Antoinette Fouque cofounded the Mouvement de Libération des Femmes (MLF) in France in 1968 and spearheaded its celebrated Psychanalyse et Politique, a research group that informed the cultural and intellectual heart of French feminism. Rather than reject Freud's discoveries on the pretext of their phallocentrism, Fouque sought to enrich his thought by more clearly defining the difference between the sexes and affirming the existence of a female libido. By recognizing women's contribution to humanity, Fouque hoped "uterus envy," which she saw as the mainspring of misogyny, could finally give way to gratitude and by associating procreation with women's liberation she advanced the goal of a parity-based society in which men and women could write a new human contract.

The essays, lectures, and dialogues in this volume finally allow English-speaking readers to access the breadth of Fouque's creativity and activism. Touching on issues in history and biography, politics and psychoanalysis, Fouque recounts her experiences running the first women's publishing house in Europe; supporting women under threat, such as Aung San Suu Kyi, Taslima Nasrin, and Nawal El Saadaoui; and serving as deputy in the European Parliament. Her theoretical explorations discuss the ongoing development of feminology, a field she initiated, and, while she celebrates the progress women have made over the past four decades, she also warns against the trends of counterliberation: the feminization of poverty, the persistence of sexual violence, and the rise of religious fundamentalism.

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Antoinette Fouque cofounded the Mouvement de Libération des Femmes (MLF) in France in 1968 and spearheaded its celebrated Psychanalyse et Politique, a research group that informed the cultural and intellectual heart of French feminism. Rather than reject Freud's discoveries on the pretext of their phallocentrism, Fouque sought to enri...

Antoinette Fouque (1936-2014) was a psychoanalyst and director of research at the Université de Paris VIII. She authored a number of books, including Gravidanza, Qui êtes-vous, Antoinette Fouque? and Génésique.Sylvina Boissonnas is an activist in the Women's Liberation Movement and an architect. She has been involved in the Psychoanal...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:September 27, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Foreword, by Jean-Joseph GouxPreface to the First EditionPreface to the Second EditionAcknowledgmentsNote on the Translation1. Our Movement Is Irreversible2. Women in Movements: Yesterday3. There Are Two Sexes4. Does Psychoanalysis Have an Answer for Women?5. The Plague of Misogyny6. And If We Were to Speak of Women's Powerlessness?7. "It Is Not Power That Corrupts But Fear": Aung San Suu Kyi8. My Freud, My Father9. From Liberation to Democratization10. Our Editorial Policy Is a Poethics11. Dialogue with Isabelle Huppert12. Recognitions13. Wartime Rapes14. Religion, Women, Democracy15. Our Bodies Belong to Us: Dialogue with Taslima Nasrin16. Homage to Serge Leclaire17. How to Democratize Psychoanalysis?18. Democracy and Its Discontents19. Tomorrow, Parity20. Women and Europe21. If This Is a Woman22. They're Burning a Woman23. What Is a Woman?24. Gestation for Another: Paradigm of the Gift25. GravidaNotesBiographical NotesIndex

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A fitting testimony to the dedication and energy of a remarkable woman.