“For Freud, what is at stake is ‘Penis envy’,..the very modality of desire as lack. ..For Lacan, it is rather the imaginary identification with the phallus as the stopper of desire, creating an obstacle in the circuit of jouissance.” – Feminine Conditions of Jouissance: “The virile phase of the Freudian frigid woman sends us back to the ‘playing the man’ of the hysteric, while the ‘last identification with the signifier of desire’ (the phallus) specifies this same neurosis for Lacan in the 1960s.” – Genevieve Morel


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