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In Freuds time and since his death his views of women and femininity have stirred much controversy Psychoanalysis has been categorized as patriarchal and phallocentric Sayers 1991 p 3 and Freud himself has been charged with viewing woman as a mutilated creature and rejecting women as full human beings Gelb 1973 p 370 However it seems somewhat strange if Freud and his theories were so absolutely misogynistic that so many women have been main proponents of psychoanalysis Why if his theories were so obviously created to deny women any power were so many women attracted to psychoanalysis women who chose to utilize Freuds ideas This leads one to question the history that has been written of Freud and his dynamic convoluted relationship with theories about the female sex perhaps another interpretation can be put forward - a revision of sorts This essay then will first give a brief history of some of the early female psychoanalysts in order to provide some evidence of the involvement of women in the field Following this illustration an exploration into feminist critiques of Freud will be given by first explicating the most common objection raised by feminists and then reviewing and analyzing two articles written by Canadian feminists Once an idea of the relations between Freud and his critics has been gained some of his texts will be subject to investigation and analysis Further the culture in which Freud was living will be briefly discussed What will be forwarded is that Freud was a human being fraught with contradictions changing views and influenced by his culture as are all human beings Although at times reflecting patriarchal notions of the Victorian era he also rejected some of them and did not claim that his theories were the final word In fact he often stated that his knowledge about the subject was vague and limited In light of these findings one can no longer easily dismiss his work as misogynistic and
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