Beyond the binary of sex: Psychoanalytic exploration of multiple sexualities

October 3, 2017
Presenter: Jack Drescher
Discussant: Patricia Gherovici

This presentation and discussion will focus on psychoanalytic reflections the multiplicity of gender that we increasingly observe in clinical practice. Dr Drescher will present from his vast experience with gender variance and the DSM. Dr Gherovici provocatively takes the thesis that ‘psychoanalysis needs a sex change’ as she argues that psychoanalysis’ homophobic and transphobic history is based on a selective reinterpretation of the Freudian texts. This presentation will aim to understand the new trends, and the concepts necessary to make sense of what is happening with sex and gender in our contemporary world as well as reflecting on the implications for clinical psychoanalysis.

Patricia Gherovici, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and analytic supervisor, co-founder and director of the Philadelphia Lacan Group. She the author of The Puerto Rican Syndrome and Please Select Your Gender: From the Invention of Hysteria to the Democratizing of Transgenderism. She has published two edited collections (both with Manya Steinkoler), Lacan On Madness: Madness, Yes You Can’t and Lacan, Psychoanalysis and Comedy. Her new book Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference is forthcoming by Routledge in June 2017.

Learning Objectives: After the lecture the participant should be able to

  1. Describe the new trends, and the concepts related to sex and gender in our contemporary world and the implications of these changes for clinical psychoanalysis.
  2. Understand and appreciate gender variance and the history of GID diagnosis as well as the psychoanalytic debates about sex and gender.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial information to disclose.