Worth thinking about.

alterities

“In its “pathological” particularity you must recognize the element which gives consistency to your being.” – This is, then, a symptom: a particular, “pathological,” signifying formation, the binding of enjoyment, an inert stain resisting communication and interpretation, a stain which cannot be included into the circuit of discourse, of social bond/network, but which is at the same time a positive condition of it. Now it is perhaps clear why woman is, according to Lacan, a symptom of man. To explain this we need only remember the well‑known male‑chauvinist wisdom already quoted by Freud: women are impossible to bear, a source of eternal nuisance, but still, they are the best thing we have of their kind; without them, it would be even worse.

SLAVOJ ZIZEK

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