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The Bonds of Love

Psychoanalysis, Feminism, & the Problem of Domination

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Why do people submit to authority and derive pleasure even others have over them? What is the appeal of domination and submission, and why are they so prevalent in erotic life? Why is it so difficult for men and women to meet as equals? Why, indeed, do hey continue to recapitulate the positions of master and slave?

In The Bonds of Love, noted feminist theorist and psychoanalyst Jessica Benjamin explains why we accept and perpetuate relationships of domination and submission. She reveals that domination is a complex psychological process which ensnares both parties in bonds of complicity, and shows how it underlies our family life, our social institutions, and especially our sexual relations, in spite of our conscious commitment to equality and freedom.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 01, 1988 – Benjamin, psychoanalyst, feminist theorist and member of the graduate faculty of the New School for Social Research, presents an intriguing analysis of the interplay between love and domination and of how ``domination is anchored in the hearts of the dominated.'' She builds on the foundation of Freud's Oedipal theory, critically revising it to include the female's struggle for independence. Acknowledging indebtedness to the seminal works of Simone de Beauvoir, Carol Gilligan, Nancy Chodorow, Evelyn Fox Keller and Dorothy Dinnerstein, the author sets out to demonstrate that ``what appears in Freudian thought as the psychological inevitability of domination can be traced to the social fact of woman's subjugation.'' The book's conclusion offers the hope that feminism can help end the cycle of domination by opening up ``a new possibility of mutual recognition between men and women.'' Intelligent, thoughtful and informed, this volume deserves a wide audience. Freud once asked, ``What do women want?'' and Benjamin goes a long way toward providing an answer.
The Bonds of Love
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  • Category: Psychology
  • Published: Jul 12, 1988
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 318 Pages
  • Language: English
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