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Like Subjects, Love Objects: Essays on Recognition and Sexual Difference

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  3 reviews
From the perspectives of developmental psychoanalysis, this book makes a case for what the author calls gender heterodoxy, an original view of the similarities and differences between the sexes. In the process, she illuminates aspects of love, sexuality, aggression and pornography.
Paperback, 246 pages
Published February 17th 1998 by Yale University Press (first published November 29th 1995)
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Adrian Colesberry
Interesting discussion but I think the central thesis will turn out to be wrong as brain science catches up to the theorizing of social science. Benjamin proposes that we absorb other people into our brain as objects. I think, because we are consilient beings, that we absorb other people as subjects more than as objects, especially people in love relationships. This is certainly my life experience, taking on other people's opinions and attitudes like trying on a new coat, seeing what works and i ...more
jessi lee
i like her stuff on mutual recognition. and i'm glad that she addresses some of the heterosexism that she didn't talk about in her first book.

i was also excited to see that teresa brennan, who wrote transmission of affect, was in conversation with benjamin's work. i'm interested in the edges where feminist theory, relational psychoanalysis, and affect studies meet.
Dec 17, 2013 George rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Feminists, Gender Studies students, post-modern thinkers
Recommended to George by: A female MFA student with a passion for knowledge
Another work that connects to the continuum of gender and visual ideas that inspire works of art; a primary reason that I read.
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“Beauty belongs to the beloved who returns the gaze, in whose eyes we see the sun. But in this . . . beauty, in the mutual gaze, also lies the beginning of terror --awe, idealization, overstimulation, violation, loss.” 3 likes
“All that is bad and dreaded is projected into the other, and all the anxiety is seen as the product of external attack rather than one's own subjective state . . . [which] the fear of the other's omnipotence as well as the need to retaliate by asserting one's own omnipotence.” 1 likes
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