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Women, Gender & Psychoanalysis

Section III has been a leading voice in women and gender in psychoanalysis for over 30 years


At Section III, our mission is to deepen our understanding of contemporary gender-related concerns and social justice. We examine all facets of gender inequity while exploring the multilayered and multifaceted understanding of women in our society. Through a psychoanalytic lens we look at the historical and current power imbalance that exists around sex and gender as we explore gender expectations and stereotypes, internalization of patriarchal systems, and identity. As we examine the ideas and "ideals" of the feminine and the masculine, we look at gender in the context of ethnicity and race, non-conforming and non-binary, sexual rights and reproductive autonomy, and sexual identity. We study psychoanalytic theory and the intersection of feminist theory, queer theory, attachment theory, and more. Section III invites you to affect critical change through clinical work, theory development, research, and writing.  Our mission is to learn and question as we attempt to provide insight into our current psychosociopolitical dilemma, as well as our interpersonal and intrapersonal experience, from a unique psychoanalytic perspective. Section III supports professional and leadership development and provides networking opportunities. We currently have three Action Committees: Mentorship, Women of Color and Queer/Non-Binary

Our book, “A womb of her own: Women’s Struggle for Sexual and Reproductive Autonomy” published by Routledge is available now!  Read Rosemary Balsam's book review: Rosemary Balsam.pdf

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A Womb of Her Own: Women’s Struggle for Sexual and Reproductive Autonomy

Gradiva® Award Nominee

Psychoanalytic Reflections on a Gender-free Case:  Into the Void

The past two decades of psychoanalytic discourse have witnessed a marked transformation in the way we think about women and gender. The assignment of gender carries with it a host of assumptions, yet without it we can feel lost in a void, unmoored from the world of rationality, stability and meaning. The feminist analytic thinkers whose work is collected here confront the meaning established by the assignment of gender and the uncertainty created by its absence.

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Women, Gender, and Psychoanalysis

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