The Feminine Deal

For the last twenty-five years, Gisèle Chaboudez has been writing about the sexual non-relation, elaborating a rigorous and relevant interpretation of the concept introduced by Lacan. For millennia the sexual law that universally defines “man as the one who has and woman as the one who is what he has” has masked and compensated for the absence of sexual relation, while generating a myriad of subjective and social effects. The feminine side of sexuation, which can be occupied by any gender, introduces the logic of the Not-all, creating the possibility of two jouissances being shared in a singular and invented way.

The Feminine Deal is a concise and challenging summary of Chaboudez’s teaching, whose clinical and political implications are just beginning to come to light.