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Masculinity and Femininity Today
Mari, Ester Palerm and Frances Thomson-Salo (Eds)
Routledge (London: Karnac Books) / Softcover / 2013-08-01 / 1780491905
Psychoanalysis / Women's Issues
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Ester Palerm Mari and Frances Thomson Salo gather a wide range of psychoanalytic writing about femininity and masculinity from British, European, and North and South American perspectives, to integrate theoretical and clinical points sometimes quite controversially in contributions that are cutting edge. The authors address what is currently understood by “masculine” and “feminine” in psychoanalytic terms, and how these issues manifest in the body, gender, sex, sexuality and the life-cycle, and cover aspects both productive and generative, constricted and defended. Beginning with an overview of psychoanalytic understanding of masculinity, male development, and a dimension of genital masculinity to do with the inner body reflecting more open and receptive aspects of male psychic experience, the book then turns to how adolescents discover their sexuality and come to “own” their sexual bodies as they grow towards adulthood. Other papers explore the problems of male sexuality and impotence, lack of differentiation between masculinity and femininity in the self, the role of the male analyst in transformations of masculinity and the analyst's need to have a good internal parental couple and to be aware of the intersubjective context of gender and sexuality. Two chapters movingly convey a young child's struggle with issues of sexuality in psychoanalysis.

The authors, from a background of considerable clinical and technical contribution, consider the extent to which masculinity and femininity are present in each individual, and how this affects the development of the “masculine” analytic function in a female analyst, and the “feminine” analytic function in a male analyst. What constitutes femininity and masculinity from a psychoanalytic perspective is continually influenced by clinical practice, scientific knowledge and perspectives from current opinion, and rapidly evolving. The authors at the forefront of new thinking aim to explore clinical and scientific topics in an accessible way not only for psychoanalytic psychotherapists but also the wider public to contribute to further advances in this field.

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Reviews and Endorsements:

"Ester Palerm Mari and Frances Thomson-Salo offer in this book a remarkable contemporary view of masculinity and femininity from a psychoanalytic perspective, putting together contributions from distinguished authors from different analytic cultures and theoretical origins. Among the many merits of their enterprise, the authors dig into the sometimes enigmatic universe of masculinity and allow us to have a clearer understanding of what it means to become a person with both masculine and feminine components, illustrating this journey with moving clinical material. The extreme relevance of these contributions for a better understanding of the analyst´s mind at work with his/her patients is clearly evidenced. For these reasons, I strongly recommend this stimulating work not only for analysts and students of this field, but to all those interested in having a comprehensive and fresh update of one of the most fascinating tasks of human development along the life cycle."
- Claudio Laks Eizirik, past President , International Psychoanalytical Association

"Bringing together eleven authors’ views on the psychology of masculinity and femininity, this rich and diverse collection of essays gives readers a fresh look at what it means to become, to be and to perceive oneself as male or female. These essays illustrate how psychoanalytic deliberation around gender development is at its best when it provides objective clinical and theoretical perspectives about human nature in all its manifold expressions, unencumbered by the shibboleths of outdated prejudices and politically correct assumptions alike. I warmly recommend it to clinicians, teachers and students in the field of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis."
- Alexandra Billinghurst, Vice President-elect of the International Psychoanalytical Association and President , Swedish Psychoanalytic Society

"Following in the wake of COWAP’s creative endeavours this book confronts the tumultuous socio-cultural changes that are taking place in the fields of sexuality and gender identity, while maintaining the highest standards from a psychoanalytical perspective and thus surpassing the clamour of mere phenomenological aspects. Despite adhering to different theoretical models, all the authors, of both sexes, confirm that the “feminine question” is much more than a chapter – albeit revolutionary – in the history of psychoanalysis. Instead, it entails a profound reconsideration of the whole developmental process of the human being requiring, within the relational dimension between men and women, a re-examination of the masculine as well as the feminine aspects in the interaction and integration of the very early as well as the more evolved levels: a process that is still dramatically taking place today."
- Simona Argentieri, Italian Psychoanalytical Association, and co-editor of Language, Symbolization, and Psychosis

Table of Contents:


INTRODUCTION: Ester Palerm Marí and Frances Thomson-Salo

CHAPTER ONE: Evolving perspectives on masculinity and its discontents: reworking the internal phallic and genital positions, Michael J. Diamond
CHAPTER TWO: Discussion of “Evolving perspectives on masculinity and its discontents: reworking the internal phallic and genital positions”, Giovanna Ambrosio
CHAPTER THREE: The hour of the stranger, James S. Rose
CHAPTER FOUR: Discussion of “The hour of the stranger”, Antònia Grimalt
CHAPTER FIVE: The abyss of intimacy, Jacqueline Amati Mehler
CHAPTER SIX: Lack of discrimination as a defense mechanism, Martina Burdet Dombald
CHAPTER SEVEN: Listening to psychical bisexuality in analysis, Teresa Rocha Leite Haudenschild
CHAPTER EIGHT: Masculinity and the analytic relationship—transforming masculinity in the course of the analysis, Rui Aragão Oliveira
CHAPTER NINE: Intersubjective context of gender and sexuality, Emilce Dio Bleichmar
CHAPTER TEN: Identity: a constellation of emotional experience and metaphors in childhood, Irene Oromí
CHAPTER ELEVEN: Furious with love—some reflections on the sexuality of a little girl, Majlis Winberg Salomonsson


About the Editors:

Ester Palerm Mari, MD and clinical psychologist, is a member of the Spanish Psychoanalytical Society (SEP), a component society of the International Psychoanalytical Association. Dr Palerm served on the Board of Directors of the SEP from 2008 to 2012. She was part of the staff of the Psychosomatic Unit at the Hospital de St. Pau i la Santa Creu in Barcelona and now has a private practice in Barcelona where she works as a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist for children, adolescents and adults. She has written papers on a diverse number of themes such as pregnancy, delivery, postpartum period and sexuality. Her COWAP-related activities include coordinating and participating in workshops at European COWAP conferences.

Frances Thomson-Salo trained in the United Kingdom as an adult and child psychoanalyst and is a Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. She is past President of the Australian Psychoanalytical Association and a Training Analyst, an Honorary Principal Fellow of the University of Melbourne Department of Psychiatry, and an Honorary Fellow of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

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