SEXUAL DIFFERENCE: ENCORE , YET AGAIN
This paper looks at the question of 'sexual difference ' within psychology and considers what Lacan does with this question. Thereafter it looks at what the perspective of 'critical psychology ' can do with Lacan 's understanding of sexual difference. In this sense , this paper is a defense (focusing on the promise ) and a critique (focusing on the problem) of Lacan. Section I of the paper is an extension of the Lacanian take on sexual difference into the space of psychology , a space driven hitherto by either the biological , or the rather conservative understanding of sexual difference. Section II tries to show how Lacan , in spite of some brilliant insights - insights that give to psychology a distinct spin - could not exit the game , for he is foiled again and again by the ferocious two-fisted red-blooded Phallus (Spivak , 1994: 65). However , to look at the question of sexual difference , one first needs to look at the question of the 'subject ' in general , and the 'sexed subject ' in particular ; and it is on the question of the subject that psychology and Lacanian psychoanalysis would have to part ways , for there is a "fundamental incompatibility between Lacan 's work and psychological views of the individual subject" (Parker , 2003: 95-115). Over to Ian Parker...
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