TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2005 at 8:00 p.m.
collation will be held at 7:00.

SOMETHING BORROWED: HOW MUTUAL INFLUENCES AMONG GAYS, LESBIANS, BISEXUALS AND STRAIGHTS CHANGED WOMEN’S LIVES AND PSYCHOANALYTIC THEORY

presenter: Ethel S. Person, M.D.
discussant: Susan C. Vaughan, M.D.

The first major revolution in psychoanalytic theory moved it from a predominantly one-person psychology (drive theory) to a psychology that incorporated a two-person perspective (interpersonal and object relations theory). A third perspective—the culturalist point of view—only gained widespread adherence in the wake of psychoanalytic studies about female sex and gender. This paper addresses the cultural changes that provided new scripts with which women, individually and collectively, came to redraft their fantasies and their futures. Thus, it might be said that the woman’s movement and other liberation movements not only had an important impact on individual lives, but also changed psychoanalytic theory. This paper documents how women were able to evolve fantasies from an array of minority groups and stands as an example of a psychological motor for cultural changes.