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Essay Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

Transsexuality, psychosis and originary femininity: between psychoanalysis and feminist theory

By Felippe Figueiredo Lattanzio and Paulo de Carvalho Ribeiro, 2017

This paper analyzes the theorizations about transsexuality in order to discuss its inclusion in the field of psychosis. Many concepts about transsexuality, ranging from the DSM to recent theorizations by Lacanian authors, are critically investigated in a dialogue with feminist theory authors. The hypothesis put forward is that originary femininity plays a different role in transsexuality and in some cases of psychosis, leading to the conclusion that transsexuality cannot be classified as pathology a priori.

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