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The Loss of Pleasure: or, why we are still talking about Oedipus

Date: Jun 7, 2017 8:30 pm


"The Loss of Pleasure: or, why we are still talking about Oedipus."


Wed. June 7, 2017


William Alanson White Institute

‪20 W. 74 St. - Room 3A


$50 for year-long attendance

$10 for one-time attendance

(Cash or check made out to Alan Schwartz)

**Pizza and prosecco will be served.**

**All are welcome to attend.**


RSVP to Eugenio Duarte (Chair): eugenioaduarte@gmail.com

Carol Gilligan is the author of In a Different Voice, described by Harvard University Press as “the little book that started a revolution.” Her subsequent books include The Birth of Pleasure (2002), Kyra: A Novel (2008), The Deepening Darkness: Patriarchy, Resistance, and Democracy’s Future, with David A. J. Richards (2009), and most recently, Joining the Resistance. As a member of the Harvard faculty, she held the university’s first chair in gender studies; at the University of Cambridge, she was Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions; and she is currently University Professor of Applied Psychology and the Humanities at NYU. She was named by Time magazine as one of 25 most influential Americans for having “changed the voice of psychology.”

Naomi Snider is a candidate in the William Alanson White Institute's certificate program in psychoanalysis and research fellow at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Her current research examines the persistence of patriarchy on psychodynamic grounds. Naomi has an LL.M from NYU and an LL.B from the London School of Economics. Prior to joining NYU and embarking on analytic training, Naomi was a lawyer with experience in the field of human rights and international law.

Presentation summary:
This presentation brings psychoanalysis to the fore in grappling with the question: Why does patriarchy persist? It highlights the psychological function of patriarchy as a defense against loss by connecting the presenters' research on development with Bowlby’s studies of attachment. Pathological responses to loss parallel the gender codes of patriarchal masculinity and femininity, which are internalized through an initiation that forces ruptures in relationship and subverts the capacity for repair. This parallel suggests that the gender roles, which uphold a patriarchal order, simultaneously defend against the loss of connection inherent in that order. The loss of pleasure and a change in voice signal the psyche’s induction into patriarchy and highlight a potential within psychoanalysis to foster a healthy resistance against losses that otherwise appear necessary or natural.