“Proof of the universality of Lacan’s concept of gaze: re-checking your sent email. You look back at yourself through the other” – DANIEL TUTT on the Real-gaze as awareness of not being able to fully know how others read us and readyness to not fill in the gaps and uncertainties in the visual field with fantasies or with a fantasy-gaze about what exactly the Other is, that is, with a fantasy-reality about the Other. http://ift.tt/1JHpMhi

“The hysteric sets up the absolute Other by presenting herself as its lack.” – Paul Verhaeghe, From Freud’s Hysteric to Lacan’s Feminine p176

“Alexandre Leupin describes this surplus in language or in the body as the quality of meaning Lacan called the jouissance” – ELLIE RAGLAND

The imaginary father intervenes.. ..By prohibiting the child’s direct identification with the phallus, the father ‘suddenly promotes the object of the mother’s desire to a properly symbolic rank.’ ..It is only the Law’s designation of the phallus as a forbidden object that allows the child to group ..into an ordered sequence ..his previous oppositional signifying identifications with the object of the mothers desire

Law resonates for the first time ..with the child’s realization that the mother (and he himself) lacks the phallus. ..As a consequence, Law resonates ..with his attempt to directly identify with it, to be her phallus. During the dialectic of frustration the child does not know about the phallic Gestalt: this is why the father does not yet openly intervene. The child starts to compete ..with his (imaginary) father in order to be his mother’s phallus only after the mother has actually been deprived.


“She loves the child for what he lacks. ..Mother + child give what they do not have: the child is the stand-in for the mother’s missing phallus (without knowing it); ..The object of the child’s demand is nothing but the object of his mother’s desire.” – Lorenzo Chiesa

“At ..the 1st stage of the Oedipus complex, the child realizes that the mother does not have the (imaginary) phallus +..that she desires it insofar as she lacks it: this ..terminates her omnipotence.. The child ..realizes that he has been desired only as a partial stand-in for the imaginary phallus.” – Lorenzo Chiesa