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/ MASCULINE/FEMININE (see also EXCEPTION NOT-ALL)
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 excep-
tion. However, Žižek does not simply oppose the masculine and the
feminine, but rather argues that the masculine is a certain effect of
the feminine: 'Man is a renexive determination of woman's impossi-
bility of achieving an identity with herself (which is why woman is a
symptom of man)' (p.276). That is, 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) But. in fact, are these two
positions consistent? On the one hand, Žižek argues that man is
According to [[Jacques Lacan|Lacan]], the lesson of [[psychoanalysis]] is that the [[subject]] is inherently [[divided]] and can never be [[satisfaction|satisfied]]. We are plagued as [[subject]]s by the [[anxiety]] that our ''[[jouissance]]'' - our [[pleasure]] or [[enjoyment]] - is never enough. In other [[words]], we are driven by an inherent [[dissatisfaction]] and [[sense]] of insufficiency.
explained by woman: on We constantly have the othersense that there is something ''more''; we do not [[know]] what this is, but we have the sense that the split between the two sexesit is irreconcilablethere, like and we [[want]] it. This is the two different conceptions [[form]] of the same villagein Lévi-Straussjouissance that Lacan [[identifies]] as [[phallus|phallic]] [[jouissance]].
[[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]].
A [[masculine]] [[structure]] is characterized by turning the [[Other]] into an [[objet a]], and mistakenly [[thinking]] that the [[object]] can fully [[satisfy]] our [[desire]]. It is essential to keep in [[mind]] here, though, that [[phallic]] [[jouissance]] is not [[male]] in the sense that only [[men]] can experience it; it is experienced by both [[men]] and [[women]] and is defined as [[phallus|phallic]] insofar as it is characterized by failure.
 
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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]]
[[Category:Sexuality]]
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