Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Love and the soul

"the being of the body, certainly, is sexed, but this is secondary (...) experience shows [that] it is not upon these traces that the jouissance of the body - insofar as the body symbolizes the Other - depends" (Lacan)

"there is not such thing as The woman... (...) the definite article stands for the universal. There is no such thing as The woman since of her essence (...) she is not all" (Lacan)

"a woman is a symptom (...) of the polymorphous perversion of the male" (Lacan)

"man's sexual desire is ultimately narcissistic and the object(s) of his desire are precisely those imaginarily detached body parts, those objects a - breasts, buttocks, mouths - that trigger his desire and his masturbatory jouissance. In short, it is because the man, as defined by the phallic function, relates to an object a rather than to a human Other that 'there is no sexual relation' " (J. Scott Lee)

"noting in his 1973 television interview that a woman 'yields' (se prête) to man's perversion, Lacan adds that this involves her in the notion of 'masquerade'. Many women do, after all, to some extent play along with men's fantasies of them, and in this way they themselves directly enter, although not completely (pas-tout), the phallic function. In fact, 'masquerade' apparently characterizes both the feminine and the masculine roles with regard to the sexual relation, since both women and men find themselves in the position of semblance in the course of their inevitably failed sexual encounters."

"Lacan's account of the phallic function as that which structures human sexuality in accordance with an 'other's satisfaction' different from bodily jouissance has two consequences: neither woman nor the sexual relation exist. Crucial to the argument of Encore is that each of these failures of existence find an admittedly inadequate substitute. In place of the impossible sexual relation, we find love. In place of the nonexistent woman, the Other sex, we find the soul" (J. Scott Lee)

"while the ideology of love promises a real relation between the lovers, a unity in which two become one, what love delivers is just a variant of the sexual relation's impossibility. Thus is comes as no surprise that Lacan insists 'when one loves, it is not a matter of sex ', and this is one reason why 'the jouissance of the Other is not a sign of love' " (J. Scott Lee)

Ver Jonathan Scott Lee, Jacques Lacan, The University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst,1990

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