From Femininity to Finitude: Freud, Lacan, and Feminism, Again

  title={From Femininity to Finitude: Freud, Lacan, and Feminism, Again},
  author={Toril Moi},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={841 - 878}
  • T. Moi
  • Published 1 March 2004
  • Psychology, Art
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
F or a long time I used to think that feminists ought to choose Jacques Lacan’s femininity theory over Sigmund Freud’s. Although I consider Freud the greater thinker, his eternal harping on penis envy and motherhood as the solution to the “problem” of femininity struck me as intellectually wrongheaded, and misogynist too. In a passage that I particularly dislike, Freud claims that a woman of about thirty “often frightens us by her psychical rigidity and unchangeability. . . . Her libido has… 
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