Luce Irigaray is a Belgian-born French feminist, philosopher, linguist, psycholinguist, psychoanalyst and cultural theorist. She is best known for her works Speculum of the Other Woman () and. The Canon: Speculum of the Other Woman. By Luce Irigaray. September 10, Share on twitter · Share on facebook · Share on linkedin · Share on whatsapp. Speculum of the Other Woman: Luce Irigaray: Speculum de l’autre femme ( ; Speculum of the Other Woman), which was highly critical of Freudian and.

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With this critique in place, Irigaray suggests how women can begin to reconfigure their identity such that one sex does not exist at the expense of the other.

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One must have a relationship to the Phallus if one is to attain social existence. Aimi rated it it was irogaray Aug 14, Irigaray trained at the school in the sixties. Speculum of the Other Woman. In order to prove that language excludes women from subjectivity, Th conducted research that links the exclusion of women from subjectivity in Western culture to the speech patterns of men and women.

An Ethics of Sexual Difference also discusses the elision of the feminine, but specifically from the perspective of ethical relationships between men and women. For example, she discusses the myth of Demeter, the goddess of the earth agricultureand her daughter Persephone.


The downside for me was her Derri dadist language.

Speculum of the Other Woman

She never got to that ex plication, instead spent the whole book censuring tradition. Irigaray utilizes myth to suggest that mothers and daughters need to protect their relationships and strengthen their bonds to one another. An Ethics of Sexual Difference. As a being who still lacks mobility and motor control, an infant who is placed in front of a mirror another person can serve here as well, typically the mother will identify with the unified, idealized image that is reflected back in the mirror.

According to Lacan, sexual difference is not about biological imperative e. A radically subversive critique brings kf the fore the masculine ideology implicit in psychoanalytic theory and in Western discourse in general: A spectrum of interpretations are available with no final answer.

University of Texas Press, Women, who lack such clubs, cannot then live separately; thus her rationale.

However, this alone will not change the current state of affairs. This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification.

For Irigaray is not toher that the social role of women will change if they merely step over the line of nature into culture.

Speculum of the Other Woman Cornell paperback. While she believes that women’s social and political situation has to be addressed on a global level, she also thinks that change begins in individual relationships between women.

Author Information Sarah K. The Forgetting of Air in Martin Dpeculum. Men and women must work together to learn to respect the irreducible difference irigarxy them.


Strategic Essentialism Irigaray’s use of strategic essentialism has been criticized as essentialism itself-or of endorsing the belief that social behavior follows from biology. Irigaray concludes from her research that women are not subjects in language in the same way as men.

Young Virgin Pupil of the Eye. A “subject” is a doer and shaker, a Power That Be, or an active creator of all things.

Mimesis, strategic essentialism, utopian ideals, and employing novel language, are but some of the methods central to changing contemporary culture. The publication of this thesis gained her recognition, but also negatively affected Irigaray’s career.

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Texts such as I love to youDemocracy Begins Between Twoand Two Be Two were all inspired by and, at various moments, give accounts of Irigaray’s experience with the Italian women’s movement. Cornell University Press, Between these two sections is “Speculum”–ten meditative, widely ranging, and freely associational essays, each concerned with an aspect of the history of Western philosophy in its relation to woman, in which Irigaray explores woman’s essential difference from man.

True sexual difference specullum require that men and women are equally able to achieve subjectivity.