‘It is in the register of the symbolic that femininity comes to acquire its meaning as only its difference from masculinity; and it is not something with a content.’ This is Juliet Mitchell in 1982 in an interview with the editors of m/f. 1 It is a position that I, as one of those editors, shared at the time. More recently, reflecting on the implications of Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen’s questioning of the relation between object choice and identification in Freud’s texts, 2 I began to see that a number of feminine characteristics, passivity in particular, did emerge from Freud’s account of the Oedipus complex.
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