Constructing and Deconstructing Woman's Power explores power and gender issues from a variety of psychoanalytic, as well as social, cultural and philosophical perspectives. The first three papers examine the complex notion of external and internal glass ceiling brought to life by clear and illustrative clinical vignettes. The creation of life, a uniquely female power, is subsequently considered in two fascinating papers exploring motherhood and the conflicts it brings. The development and expression of feminine creativity more generally is further examined in two unique studies. The final three essays address men's relation to women and their power.
Preface -- Introduction -- The Space -- "Glass ceilings": their origins, psychodynamic manifestations, and consequences in women -- Glass ceilings, sticky floors, and concrete walls: internal and external barriers to women's work and achievement -- The internal glass ceiling -- The Navel -- Mothers and power -- "What kind of a mother are you?" Reflections on the film A World Apart -- The Womb -- Women, creativity, and power -- Character and creativity -- The Phallus -- Feminine influence and power -- Looking at women: what do men see? -- Men's view of power in women: a woman's perspective