Studies on Feminity is the second volume in a unique series edited by the author for the Committee on Women and Psychoanalysis of the International Psychoanalytical Association. Providing a forum for exploration and discussion of diverse issues relating to gender constructs, sexuality, and sexual identity, the series brings together an internationally renowned group of contributors trained in the psychoanalytic tradition.Studies on Feminity discusses gender roles, femininity and motherhood. The various stages in a woman's life (adolescence, adulthood and menopause) are all examined. In this volume, the reader will find not only papers from different essentialist, constructivist and culture-based standpoints, but will also note the existence of theoretical and clinical intersections where psychoanalysis borders on closely-related disciplines.
Foreword -- A particular kind of anxiety in women—it’s nothing at all, really … (and doubly so) -- The first lipstick: the fear of femininity in parents of adolescent girls -- “Too late”: ambivalence about motherhood, choice, and time -- A “pause” for changing life: climacteric change and menopause -- Gender and affect -- The ambiguity of bisexuality in psychoanalysis -- The woman clinician in clinical work with infants and adults -- The “green continent”: the constitution of femininity in a clinical case -- A clandestine identity: pathways of contemporary femininity 1