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Women, Gender & Psychoanalysis

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


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

Gradiva® Award Winner

Our latest Section III book, A Womb of Her Own: Women’s Struggle for Sexual and Reproductive Autonomy,  has been accepted for publication by Routledge and is available!

Our book, “A Womb of her Own: Women’s Struggle for Sexual and Reproductive Autonomy” edited by JoAnn Ponder, Ellen Toronto, Maurine Kelley and Kristin Davisson, comes out in February and is currently in pre-release.

We are very proud of the pieces from stellar contributing authors including Katie Gentile, Susan Kavaler-Adler, Richard Ruth, Kristen Reale, Doris Silverman and others… We also are proud to be featuring a few first time authors that were mentored through our project. This book aims to raise awareness of women’s issues, market and make clear the relevancy of our section, and connect us with feminists in the wider social community. Topics include the prevalence of rape culture and its historical roots; the relationship of the LGBT movement to feminism; sexual trauma; current sexual practices such as sexting and tattooing and their meaning to women; reproductive issues including infertility; adoption; postpartum depression and the actual experience of birthing―all from the perspectives of women. The book also explores the cultural definitions of motherhood, and how these set narrow definitions for the acceptable face of motherhood and for being a woman generally.

“Written by psychoanalytic scholars, researchers and clinicians, the publication presents a transformative multidimensional view of women’s experience in a cultural context of a patriarchal society. In exploring dynamics of complex interactivity of biological, cultural and intropsychic factors, psychoanalytic theory is used to conceptualize the issues, as well as to offer novel ways to address them. By putting the inseparatble link between the functioning female body and female psychological development at the center, the book takes the conversation on femininity and female development as primary to another level, towards true internal and external emancipation.”-Eva D. Papiasvili, PhD, ABPP, Co-Chair for North America of the International Psychoanalytical Association’s Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychoanalysis Task Force.

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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