This book offers Dimen’s classic take on psychosexuality, drawing on relational theory, feminism and postmodernism, with a new foreword by Virginia Goldner and Velleda Ceccoli honouring the late Muriel Dimen and introducing a new audience to her profound legacy.

For Dimen, the shift from dualism to multiplicity that has reshaped a range of disciplines can also be brought to bear on our thinking about sexuality. She urges us to return to the open-mindedness hiding between the lines and buried in the footnotes of Freud’s writings, and to replace the determinism into which his thought has hardened with more fluid notions of contingency, paradox, and thirdness. By unveiling the colloquy among psychoanalysis, social theory, and feminism, Dimen challenges clinicians and academicians alike to rethink ideas about gender, eroticism, and perversion. She explores, among other topics, the relations between lust and libido; the limitations of Darwinian thought in theorizing homosexuality; the body as projective test; and the intimate tangle of love and hate between women. Generous clinical examples illustrate the ways in which a radical re-visioning of psychosexuality benefits therapists and patients alike.

A brilliant example of contemporary psychoanalytic theory at its destabilizing best, Sexuality, Intimacy, Power covers both clinical insights and theoretical rethinking that is invaluable for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, and students of women’s, gender and queer studies.

part 1|32 pages

The Story So Far

chapter Chapter 1|16 pages

The Engagement Between Psychoanalysis and Feminism

A Report from the Front

chapter Chapter 2|14 pages

The Third Step

Freud, the Feminists, and Postmodernism

part 2|86 pages

Mind, Body, Culture

chapter Chapter 3|26 pages

On “Our Nature”

Or Sex and the Single Narrative

chapter Chapter 4|23 pages

The Body as Rorschach

chapter Chapter 5|18 pages

Between Lust and Libido

Sex, Psychoanalysis, and the Moment Before

chapter Chapter 6|17 pages

Deconstructing Difference

Gender, Splitting, and Transitional Space

part 3|72 pages

The Personal Is Political Is Theoretical

chapter Chapter 7|14 pages

Power, Sexuality, and Intimacy

chapter Chapter 8|25 pages

In the Zone of Ambivalence

A Feminist Journal of Competition

chapter Chapter 9|26 pages

Perversion Is Us?

Eight Notes

chapter |5 pages


Some Personal Conclusions