“The man seems to fail in his assigned role every time he dares to assume the position of the master. The consequence is that the hysteric also fails to signify herself as a woman.” – The hysteric is in search of a certain kind of man, in relation to whom she can define herself as a woman.

From Freud’s Hysteric To Lacan’s Feminine p90 – PAUL VERHAEGHE http://ift.tt/1I3xmnP

“The hysteric wants to fill in the lack of the Other and appeals to the master. He has to produce what she lacks, he has to guarante a wholeness. In exchange she offers herself as the answer to the question she has asked in his place, an answer she refuses beforehand.” – In a tacit conspiracy, the lack is never brought to the negotiating table. This hysterical solution has to be avoided. Psychoanalysis does not make the woman, nor the master. ..Hysteria is the name for the age-old relationship between man and woman. Eve offers Adam the apple of the tree of wisdom, hoping that it would result in knowledge. The very next instant both of them found themselves outside paradise.

– Paul Verhaeghe, From Freud’s Hysteric to Lacan’s Feminine p245