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A Feminist Critique: The Language of Man

For Luce Irigaray, the phallocentric language of Western philosophy and psychoanalysis necessarily exclude the voice of women. In this essay, we are introduced to Irigaray's ideas on the "sexuation of discourse" and the failures of language to account for women as subjects. Once ostracized for her criticism of Freud and her former mentor Lacan, Irigaray has now gained positive recognition for her critique of the "Language of Man."


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  • Josefina

    Tina on the subject of Fluid Mechanics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmH4YlNdWAg

    November 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Perfect!!

      November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fell sick! Hopefully there will be a similar discussion soon.

    November 16, 2013

    • Brian

      it's ok we will have another soon

      November 16, 2013

  • Rick O.

    From Lacan's Seminar VII:

    "There is something hidden there, and it is always, we are told, that damned phallus." (chXVII)

    Reference? - But this was from 1960, and I think Irigaray was much later? - but then, facts are only falsifications...

    November 16, 2013

    • Dan

      Irigaray was a student of Lacan's until Lacan kicked her out if his organization.

      November 16, 2013

    • Rick O.

      Here is my newest theory:

      She was his student during his seminars of 1960 (bk VII of Lacan's Seminars). If you look in her essay, pg 195, the paragraph that starts "If psychoanalysis interprets...", this whole paragraph is a summary of Lacan's points from ch XVI - The Death Drive. This is the class that got her kicked out. That is why Lacan, in the following weeks class, makes the quote below.

      Of course I have nothing to substantiate this except whims of fancy. But it works for me.

      November 16, 2013

  • Chad B.

    I'm cancelling due to rain.

    November 15, 2013

  • Anneliese

    Sorry guys - work scheduled me.

    November 15, 2013

    • Rick O.

      Brian - we should move the meetup to where Liesel works

      November 15, 2013

    • Anneliese

      That's been known to happen...

      November 15, 2013

  • Rick O.

    How I see it (which may be wrong):

    The limitations of the particular (masculine) and the havoc wrought:
    "The principle of identity that lays down the law preserving him from any relapse into a heterogeneity capable of altering the purity of his auto-affection."
    "He who discovers of nature only what his measuring instruments can progressively dominate."
    which leads to the necessary conclusion:
    "which brings about the downfall of the order of his claim to the absolute."

    Contrasted with the nature-mother of the universal (feminine), when it appropriates speech for itself:
    "Discourse unravels, overflows into the infinite, rediscovering its aporias." (favorite sentence)
    "Fluid always subsists between solid substances to join them, to re-unite them. Without the intervention of fluids, no discourse would hold together."
    which leads to the desired goal of:
    "the extrapolation, to infinity, of a dynamic of real fluids."

    Or, "an essay on contra-diction." (favorite word)

    yummy

    November 15, 2013

  • Brian

    I'm excited about this meetup. I'm glad to see so many first-timers...almost half! This will be something new and refreshing.

    November 12, 2013

  • joe p.

    Where is the essay?

    October 4, 2013

  • Chad B.

    November 8, 2013

  • Chad B.

    "Words are too awful an instrument for good and evil, to be trifled with; they hold above all other external powers a dominion over thoughts. If words be not...an incarnation of the thought, but only a clothing for it, then surely will they prove an ill gift; such a one as those possessed vestments, read of in the stories of superstitious times, which had power to consume and to alienate from his right mind the victim who put them on. Language, if it do not uphold, and feed, and leave in quiet, like the power of gravitation or the air we breathe, is a counter-spirit, unremittingly and noiselessly at work, to subvert, to lay waste, to vitiate, and to dissolve." --Wordsworth

    1 · October 11, 2013

  • Chad B.

    I appreciate the recent topical eclecticism.

    1 · October 3, 2013

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