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Logic of Sexuation

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In the [[seminar ]] ''[[Encore]]'', [[Lacan ]] proposed what he called "[[formulas ]] of [[sexuation]]" to set down the basic [[structures ]] of [[male ]] and [[female ]] [[sexuality]].In his book ''[[Totem ]] and [[Taboo]]'', [[Freud ]] had argued that at the mythic origin of [[society ]] lay a [[primal ]] [[horde]], in which a jealous and greedy [[father ]] enjoyed all the [[women]].
His sons were deprived of all intercourse with [[them]].
And so they rebelled and murdered their father to gain acess to the women.
But then, in [[remorse]], the sons forbade themselves the very women they had murdered for.
According to Freud, the first law of society was thus imposed by the sons on themselves as a result of their [[love ]] and remorse for their murdered father.
If this law is [[understood ]] as a [[prohibition ]] of ''[[jouissance]]'', it is based, at its origin, on a ''jouissance'' which is obsene, pervse and unregulated - that of the primal father.
Lacan argues that the law of prohibition always supposes at its horizon an exception, someone who escapes the law.
If all men are [[subject ]] to a law, one man escapes.
This [[structure ]] of constitutive of male sexuality.
If all males are subject to prohibition, there is at least one who escapes.
If Freud's story in ''[[Totem and Taboo]]'' was a [[myth]], Lacan tries to extract a [[logical ]] structure from it and he gives notation for the sexuality.
==Supplementary Jouissance==
As Lacan pointed out there is no myth in the anlytic [[literature ]] like that contained in ''Totem and Taboo'' [[about ]] [[female sexuality]].
According to Lacan, women participate in a [[logic ]] very different from that of the man.
Not all [[subjects ]] are subject to [[castration]], even if there does not [[exist ]] a subject who is not subject to castration.
THe jouissance of a [[speaking ]] [[being ]] may be [[phallic ]] or it may be "supplementary", an [[enjoyment ]] [[born ]] out of the castration [[complex ]] but not linked to the [[organ ]] and its limits.
The [[idea ]] is that once the [[castration complex ]] has established a [[lack ]] in one's [[life]], this lack itself can take on a [[libidinal ]] [[value]].
The subject does not try to fill this lack - which would be [[phallic jouissance ]] - but to give it a new value as lack, to produce ''jouissance'' through this [[absence]].
==Not all==
Men and women are both subject to the imposition of the [[symbolic ]] [[order ]] and the networks of [[signifiers]].
We aimto immerse ourselves fullyin this [[symbolic order]], to accept and absorb the [[signifier ]] as much as possible.Women instead not only [[know ]] there sis more to the [[world ]] than the signifier, but they try, often with the gfreatest determination, to make this something a part of their lives.
Hence Lacan can say that women are "[[not-all]]" in the field of [[the symbolic ]] castration, even if the [[whole ]] [[dynamic ]] in question only [[exists ]] owing to the initial [[presence ]] of this symbolic [[dimension]].
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