Disorienting Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Reappraisals of Sexual Identities

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Disorienting Sexuality exposes the biases against gay men and lesbians in psychoanalytic theory and practice. In the introduction, Domenici and Lesser draw a brief history of anti-homosexual sentiment in psychoanalysis. The book then moves into essays written by lesbian and gay psychoanalysts seeking to have a voice in the reshaping of psychoanalytic theories of sexuality. The second section is devoted to presenting different theoretical perspectives for understanding both homosexuality and heterosexuality. ...

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Overview

Disorienting Sexuality exposes the biases against gay men and lesbians in psychoanalytic theory and practice. In the introduction, Domenici and Lesser draw a brief history of anti-homosexual sentiment in psychoanalysis. The book then moves into essays written by lesbian and gay psychoanalysts seeking to have a voice in the reshaping of psychoanalytic theories of sexuality. The second section is devoted to presenting different theoretical perspectives for understanding both homosexuality and heterosexuality. Disorienting Sexuality concludes with the personal narratives of gay and lesbian psychoanalysts.

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Jessica Benjamin
This stimulating volume represents a vital piece of work in the transformation of psychoanalysis. Whereas up until now the psychoanalytic discussion of homosexuality has treated it as mainly a condition to be analyzed, these essays, mostly by gay and lesbian analysts, take homosexuality as a position from which to critique established ideas about sexuality and gender. Working with an intimate and sophisticated knowledge of both clinical practice and contemporary theory, these writings expose crucial problems in our discipline and open up questions of sexuality and gender in important ways.
— Jessica Benjamin, author of The Bonds of Love and Like Subjects, Love Objects
Jay Greenberg
The essays in this volume are passionate, provocative, brilliant, always illuminating. Together, they explore the most fundamental questions about the nature of desire, sexuality, gender... I cannot imagine a reader who would not come away from this volume with broadened vision and deepened understanding of issues which are among the most central and vexing in psychoanalysis today.
— Jay Greenberg, Training and Supervising Analyst, William Alanson White Institute, and editor, Contemporary Psychoanalysis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415911979
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Pages: 313
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Domenici is a psychologist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay area and a graduate of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Ronnie C. Lesser is a psychologist in private practice in Westchester and Manhattan and a candidate in the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction 1
1 Some Thoughts on the Role of Mourning in the Development of a Positive Lesbian Identity 19
2 Exploding the Myth of Sexual Psychopathology: A Deconstruction of Fairbairn's Anti-Homosexual Theory 33
3 Countertransference Obscurity in the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Homosexual Patients 65
4 Objectivity as Masquerade 83
5 Psychoanalysis and Women's Experience of "Coming Out": The Necessity of Becoming a "Bee-Charmer" 97
6 Current Psychoanalytic Discourses on Sexuality: Tripping over the Body 115
7 On "Our Nature": Prolegomenon to a Relational Theory of Sexuality 129
8 Re-Reading Freud on Homosexuality 153
9 Passionate Differences: Lesbianism, Post-Modernism, and Psychoanalysis 167
10 Psychoanalysis with Gay and Lesbian People: An Interpersonal Perspective 177
11 The Evolution of My Views on Nonnormative Sexual Practices 187
12 Psychoanalytic Theories of Lesbian Desire: A Social Constructionist Critique 203
13 Anti-Homosexual Bias in Training 227
14 The Difficulty of Being A Gay Psychoanalyst During the Last Fifty Years: An Interview with Dr. Bertram Schaffner 243
15 A View from Both Sides: Coming Out as a Lesbian Psychoanalyst 255
16 Concluding Remarks: The Shaping of Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice by Cultural and Personal Biases about Sexuality 265
Contributors 289
Index 293
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