Uses of Perversity: Commentary on Saketopoulou's "To Suffer Pleasure"

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This commentary on Avgi Saketopoulous article develops her startling claim that sexual perversion may be psychically useful. It does so by elaborating the twin concepts of ébranlement (shattering) and enigmatic signifier that Saketopoulou derives from the metapsychology of Jean Laplanche in order to consider an analogy between the work of perversion and the work of psychoanalysis. If sadomasochism holds a psychically transformative potential comparable to that of clinical analysis, then on what grounds should one practice be prioritized over the other?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-277
Number of pages9
JournalStudies in Gender and Sexuality
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies


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