The transgender edge and new meanings for psychoanalysis: A discussion of Griffin Hansbury’s "The masculine Vaginal"

Author/s Guido Giovanardi, Vittorio Lingiardi
Publishing Year 2021 Issue 2021/1
Language Italian Pages 6 P. 55-60 File size 255 KB
DOI 10.3280/PU2021-001006
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Griffin Hansbury’s (2017a) paper "The masculine Vaginal: Working with queer men’s embodiment at the transgender edge" is seen as an original contribution, able to stimulate psychoanalysis to reflect and to produce a language at the gender’s borders of male identities. The proposal of a "masculine Vaginal" - as an "embodied" reinvention of concepts that were already known to psychoanalysis (in authors such as Judith Butler, Jessica Benjamin, or Ken Corbett) - may widen the available symbolizations in the clinical work with male patients (cisgender and transgender, homosexuals and heterosexuals). Such widening field of symbolizations may also be a useful tool in the clinical and cultural work both on the "fluid"/queer side and on the "rigid"side (in the sense of a masculinity that today some define as "toxic") of male identifications.

Keywords: Transgender; Vaginal; Masculinity; Psychoanalysis; Symbols

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Guido Giovanardi, Vittorio Lingiardi, Il confine del transgender e nuovi significati per la psicoanalisi in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 1/2021, pp 55-60, DOI: 10.3280/PU2021-001006