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18 Feminism & Psychoanalysis


The publication, in 1974, of Juliet Mitchell's 'Psychoanalysis and Feminism' and Luce Irigaray's 'The Speculum of The Other Woman' marked the beginning of the 'feminist turn' in psychoanalysis. A number of influential feminist thinkers such as Mitchell, Irigaray, Julia Kristeva, and Nancy Chodorow began to use psychoanalysis as a means for understanding both female oppression and the possibilities for female emancipation. The key targets of their thinking were the ideas of both Freud and Lacan.