The roots of psychoanalytic feminism: sigmund freud contrary to popular belief in his time that children are “sexless” (sexuality-less), freud argued that children were quite sexual and, in fact, experienced three sexual stages of infancy: oral, anal, and phallic. Psychoanalytic feminism is based on freud and his psychoanalytic theories however, it maintains that gender is not biological but is centered on the psycho-sexual development of the individual.
Feminism and psychoanalysis freud's discovery of the unconscious is centrally linked to the study of female sexuality in listening to the hysterics, freud gave them a voice and attributed a meaning to what they said as juliet mitchell noted, feminist movements have tended to equate what freud said about the hysterics and his other female patients as prescriptions for patriarchal domination. In both psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, the therapist does not tell the patient how to solve problems or offer moral judgments the focus of treatment is exploration of the patient's mind and habitual thought patterns. Thus the future of psychoanalytic feminism seems very rich as well as the ‘return to klein’, signaled for instance by the establishment of women’s therapy centre in london, psychoanalytic feminism underlies recent developments in lesbian theory, gender studies and queer theory.
Still crazy after all these years: women, writing, and psychoanalysis routeldge, 1992 burack, cynthia the problem of the passions: feminism, psychoanalysis, and social theory new york univ press, 1994 domenici, t and r lesser, ed disorienting sexuality: psychoanalytic reappraisals of sexual identities routledge, 1995 enns, carolyn zerbe. Feminism and psychoanalysis freud's discovery of the unconscious is centrally linked to the study of female sexuality in listening to the hysterics, freud gave them a voice and attributed a meaning to what they said.
This article will discuss psychoanalytic feminism, not feminist psychoanalysis (ie, except indirectly, it will not address ideas about developing feminist principles in clinical practice, although most of the authors discussed below are trained analysts.
Hurley's analysis, drawing on aspects of psychoanalytical feminism and bakhtinian theory, forms what she terms a 'psychoanalytically-based dialogism' (p. Psychoanalytic feminist theory and practice from marian 1 psychoanalytic feminists explain women’s oppression as rooted within psychic structures and reinforced by the continual repetition or reiteration of relational dynamics formed in infancy and childhood.
Psychoanalytic feminism is a social movement based on the work sigmund freud and his psychoanalytic theories it maintains that gender is not biological but is based on the psycho-sexual development of the individual. A full course of psychoanalysis usually requires three to five weekly sessions with a psychoanalyst over a period of three to five years a course of psychoanalytic psychotherapy involves one to three meetings per week with the therapist for two to five years.
Information on feminist interpretations of psychology and psychoanalytic theory on the feminist theory website.