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The Sexual Compact

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Abstract:

This paper is a full-out defense – and development – of the psychoanalytic position that there are two and only two sexes. It proceeds by problematizing all the main terms at issue, including: the two (which it views as a more complex notion than that of the multiple); sex (as irreducible to raw biology or social convention); and relation (as the unique phenomenon of a distance however close its terms may be brought together). It also introduces the term compact, taken from mathematics, to distinguish the sexual relation radically from the idea of the social contract.

Keywords: compact; one; relation; sex; two

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0969725X.2012.701047

Affiliations: Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture,State University of New York at Buffalo, 306 Clemens HallBuffalo,NY 14260, USA

Publication date: 2012-06-01

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