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The According to [[Jacques Lacan|Lacan]], the lesson of [[psychoanalysis]] is that the [[subject]] is inherently divided and can never be [[satisfaction|satisfied]].The We are plagued as [[subject]] is plagued s by the [[anxiety]] that its our ''[[jouissance]]'' - its our [[pleasure]] or [[enjoyment]] - is never enough.The [[subject]] is In other words, we are driven by an inherent dissatisfaction and sense of insufficiency.
[[Phallic jouissance]] is the jouissance that fails us, that disappoints us.We constantly ahve have the sense that there is something ''more''; we do not know what this is, but we have the sense that it is there, and we want it.[[Phallic jouissance]] This is that the form of enjoyment jouissance that the subject experiences.The Lacan identifies as [[subjectphallus|phallic]], even after it grasps its [[object of desirejouissance]] remains dissatisfied.The subject is disappointed and has a sense that its desire has not been fully satisfied.This sense of dissatisfaction that always leaves something wanting is precisely what Lacan calls phallic jouissance and defines the masculine structure.A masculine structure is characterized by turning the Other into an objet a, and mistakenly thinking that the object can fully satisfy its desire.Phallic jouissance is experienced by both men and women and is defined as phallic insofar as it is characterized by failure.
[[phallus|Phallic]] [[jouissance]] is that form of [[enjoyment]] that most of us experience most of the time; that is to say, just when we think we possess our [[object]] of [[desire]] - be that another person, a new possession or even a difficult idea we have been struggling to get hold of - we are still dissatisfied; we are disappointed and have a sense that our [[desire]] has not been fully satisfied. This sense of (dis)satisfaction that always leaves something wanting is precisely what [[Lacan]] calls [[phallus|phallic]] [[jouissance]] and defines the [[masculine]] [[structure]].
/ MASCULINE/FEMININE (see also EXCEPTION NOT-ALL)  The Lacanian 'formulae of sexuation" make up A [[masculine]] [[structure]] is characterized by turning the [[Other]] into an [[objet a crucial part ofŽižek's ]], and mistakenly thinking:  one way of characterizing that the overall trajectory of hiswork is as a movement from a masculine logic of the universal andits exception towards a feminine logic of a not-all' without excep-tion. everything in Žižek [[object]] can ultimatelybe understood in terms of these two formulaefully [[satisfy]] our [[desire]].  As Žižek asks: 'What if sexual difference It is ultimately a kind of zero-institution of the socialsplit of humankindessential to keep in mind here, though, that [[phallic]] [[jouissance]] is not [[male]] in the naturalized, minimal zero-difference, a splitsense that. prior to signalling any determinate social difference, signalsthis difference only [[men]] can experience it; it is experienced by both [[men]] and [[women]] and is defined as [[phallus|phallic]] insofar as such? The struggle for hegemony would then, onceagain, be the struggle for how this zero-difference it is overdetermined characterized byother particular social differences." (pfailure. 338)
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The Lacanian 'formulae of sexuation" make up a crucial part of Žižek's thinking: one way of characterizing the overall trajectory of his work is as a movement from a masculine logic of the universal and its exception towards a feminine logic of a not-all' without exception.
Everything in Žižek can ultimately be understood in terms of these two formulae.
As Žižek asks: 'What if sexual difference is ultimately a kind of zero-institution of the social split of humankind, the naturalized, minimal zero-difference, a split that. prior to signalling any determinate social difference, signals this difference as such? The struggle for hegemony would then, once
again, be the struggle for how this zero-difference is overdetermined by other particular social differences." (p. 338)
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==See Also==
* Feminine
* Non-all
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