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1 G OD AND THE J OUISSANCE OF THE W OMAN : A SUMMARY Jessica Yang

2 OUTLINE Introduction/Background Summary of text Discussion of text and questions 2 "God and the Jouissance of the Woman"

3 INTRODUCTION & BACKGROUND 3 "God and the Jouissance of the Woman"

4 BACKGROUND INFORMATION “The Significance of the Phallus” as a “prequel” “sexuality for human beings is nothing but semblant or make- believe” (Brousse) Paradox of how “the Other does not have what it provides” (Liu – lecture) “sexual satisfaction is phallic,” (Brousse) and so is satisfaction in speaking “God and the Jouissance of the Woman” and going beyond Freud 4 "God and the Jouissance of the Woman"

5 VOCABULARY What is jouissance? ménage à trois secouer vs secourir Eros vs Thanatos The philosophers & Thomas bourgeoise 5 "God and the Jouissance of the Woman"

6 TEXT SUMMARY 6 "God and the Jouissance of the Woman"

7 “THERE IS SOMETHING OF ONE” “there is something of One” – there is only one sex for speaking beings Problem: there are “two sexes” The phallic function and its four counterparts: The phallus as signifier, negation, to have, and to be This theory proposes a symmetry between man and woman, and deals only with the unconscious 7 "God and the Jouissance of the Woman"

8 What is Eros? Freud: a fusion of the two sexes, making one out of two Thanatos (Θάνατος) the death drive to Eros’ life instinct Freud: the dark side of Eros, the Unity? Lacan: “There is no Other of the Other.” “There is only one Other—the Other of language.” From that, there is One. We are subjects; we are consequences. (Brousse) 8 "God and the Jouissance of the Woman"

9 BACK TO “SOMETHING OF ONE”… There is only One language, One unconscious “If the unconscious is indeed what I say it is, as being structured like a language, then it is on the level of language that we must interrogate this One.” (Lacan 139) 9 "God and the Jouissance of the Woman"

10 THE “OTHER” The “Other,” God, and Materialism Materialism: pure philosophy God: “dominated in philosophy the whole debate about love” The Other: not God itself but functions to exorcise “God” Courtly love and feudalism God, Man, and Woman as a ménage à trois 10 "God and the Jouissance of the Woman"

11 THE PHILOSOPHERS Plato Idealism and the theory of Forms Aristotle Logical reasoning and the theory of Universals Democritus “Father of modern science” St. Thomas “Doubting Thomas” 11 "God and the Jouissance of the Woman"

12 BACK TO “SOMETHING OF ONE” AGAIN… There is only One, but there is always two parts (like Eros and Thanatos) Freud: the phallic side only; the “masculine sexuality” The problem: this makes us see the world through the eyes of the male sexuality because “there is something of One, [only] one sex for all of us.” So what about the feminine sexuality? 12 "God and the Jouissance of the Woman"

13 THE PHALLIC FUNCTION Freud has only dealt with one side of the function. There is no difference between the male and female except for the position; the presence of the phallus Lacan: “there are phallic women and the phallic function does not prevent men from being homosexual.” (143) 13 "God and the Jouissance of the Woman"

14 “T HE W OMAN ” “the” is the signifier; “the woman as being not all;” (144) “there is no such thing as the woman since of her essence, she is not all.” A different type of castration “feminine sexuality is related to castration in itself, but not to castration as embodied, veiled by the object with phallic signification.” (Brousse) Her “relation with the Other is linked with sacrifice.” (Brousse) The “jouissance beyond the phallus” (Lacan 145) “supplementary” jouissance, not “complementary” (Lacan 144) 14 "God and the Jouissance of the Woman"

15 THE FEMALE JOUISSANCE “the woman knows nothing of this jouissance” (Lacan 146) “I believe in the jouissance of the woman insofar as it is something more” (Lacan 147) Jouissance is not a fantasy (as fantasies are perversities of men) Jouissance in love, not desire there is the Other, and there is the principle of sacrifice “Love without desire, oriented by sacrifice” (Brousse) 15 "God and the Jouissance of the Woman"

16 “it is not by chance that Kierkegaard discovered existence in a little tale of seduction. It is by being castrated, by renouncing love that he believes he accedes to it.” (Lacan 147-8) “A love beyond the father, but not beyond castration, where the name of the lack is never phallicized.” (Brousse) “all we lack and lose can be or take on a phallic value.” (Brousse) 16 "God and the Jouissance of the Woman"

17 TEXT DISCUSSION & QUESTIONS 17 "God and the Jouissance of the Woman"

18 THANK YOU. 18 "God and the Jouissance of the Woman"

19 REFERENCES AND WORKS CITED Brousse, Marie-Hélène. “God and the Jouissance of the Woman.” London. 12 June Print. “Jouissance.” Wikipedia.org. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 22 January Web. 08 March “Jouissance – Lacan in the 1970s: Masculine and Feminine Jouissance.” Net Industries Web. 08 March Lacan, Jacques. “God and the Jouissance of the Woman.” Ed. Juliet Mitchell & Jacqueline Rose. W. W. Norton & Company. New York: Print “Thanatos.” Wikipedia.org. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 07 March Web. 10 March "God and the Jouissance of the Woman"


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