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COSSI, Rafael Kalaf. The non-lacanian sexual relation in the face of the debate between gender and sexual difference. Rev. Subj. [online]. 2018, vol.18, n.2, pp. 59-67. ISSN 2359-0769.

This work aims to examine a certain facet of the controversy that revolves around the terms difference of the sexes, gender and sexual difference in repercussion in the psychoanalytic field. Initially, it focuses on the incorporation of gender as an instrument of research on sexuality carried out by Robert Stoller. His thesis on the core of gender identity was analyzed by Judith Butler and served as a counterpoint to the development of his gender performativity notion. We follow the controversy concerning the notion of sexual difference in psychoanalysis. If, on the one hand, it is interpreted by gender studies as maintaining a binary norm that is contrary to multiplicity; on the other, there is the merit of safeguarding the term sex, precisely the one that is excluded from the spectrum contemplated by gender and is exalted by French feminism. We find that the Stollerian proposition was also criticized by Jacques Lacan in the context of his elaboration of the semblant notion in Seminar XVIII, which foresees a kind of relationship between the sexes. Finally, we argue that Lacan does not resort to sexual difference or gender in order to define them, but he enters into this debate favoring the relationship between one sex and the other as impossible, a concept that is subsumed in the expression of difference of the sexes, with great rigor of formalization in his theory of sexuation.

Keywords : sexual intercourse; genre; sexual difference; Lacanian psychoanalysis.

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