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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A liberatory Cannon, 20 Mar 2011
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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The arguments are dense and rely on prior reading of Winnicott, a understanding of Freud and drive theory, some notion of object relations and Klein, a reading of Mahler and individuation and Bowlby/Fairbairn and Harlow.

However do not let that put you off. If you persevere with this you will come through with some sense of enlightenment. This is not a pop psychology book as Jessica looks at the psychological need to be dominated drawing from the early childhood experiences extrapolated into adulthood. In looking at this she draws on the story of "O."

Whilst simplistic feminism posited that once the sisters attained power the world would somehow be better more caring sharing and wholesome. Jessica in the midst of this herd like belief shows that those who are downtrodden do not equate into enlightened subjects. She has mined down deep to show how this could be achieved by showing the architectur of oppression amongst those who have been most trampled upon. In this case she looks at women. However this basis could be used to look at other groups who have been excluded from power. It can also be used to look at those who wield power.

This is a format Alice Miller has drawn upon to analyse the impact of familial violence and the world around families drawing on Kafka, Stalin, Hitler, Picasso, Mishima and a host of other people who have constructed the world we live within.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but very dense., 10 July 1998
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Initially I was shown this book by a friend because it contains an analysis of the "Story of O".
I especially liked the attempt by Benjamin to work out a cogent explanation of the source and nature of feminine Sexual Desire. She doesn't arrive at adefinitive model but does present a convincing case that it lies in the sense of being able to feel safe and free within a "transistional space" wherein one feels ones drives as being from ones own self and not the result of identifcation with the other.
Overall a very dense book, that for me rewarded skipping around alot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bonds of love by J Benjamin, 30 Oct 2013
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This review is from: The Bonds of Love: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, & the Problem of Domination (Kindle Edition)
Excellent text, very well written and challenges many of our ideas in psychoanalysis. I think this book won't be outdated for a while yet! The author is a very clear thinker.
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