Critical questions of the Femininity Statute in contemporaneity and repercussions thereof

Abstract

This paper addresses the critical questions of the Femininity Statute in contemporaneity and emphasizes its difficulties concerning both Femininity and maternity. Before that task is accomplished the Statute of the big Other is presented for psychoanalysis regards the decline in the symbolic paternal function as the main premise to investigate cultural mutations. Upon that decline the big Other in modernity is characterized by emptying of the symbolic references and the transition from a patriarchal to matriarchal society. Under maternal dominance the Femininity Statute results in the primacy of the female and superego jouissance as well as in the lack critical conditions, desire, difficulties with maternity and cultural discontent.

Keywords
other statute; femininity statute; symbolic paternal function; maternity

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