chapter  Eight
Femininity theory, theories of women, or feminist theory?
ByEbba Witt-Brattström
Pages 7

Toril Moi argues that Freud may have been a man with biased views on women, but he was not a biological determinist, despite his belief that "people's anatomy and people's biological needs will make psychic conflict inevitable". In other words, most women authors refuse to choose between being a woman and being a human being, and, to this end, they adopt different strategies. One way of resisting the false dilemma is to refuse particularity as a mark only of femininity. The truth that for woman man is sex and carnality has never been proclaimed because there is no one to proclaim it. Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with absolute truth. In the female literary tradition, this is a forbidden or muted truth that has had to be given with precaution, in coded language, especially in historical times.