Possible dialog between transition and detransition


From a place open to the word of the subject and to the complex thinking that runs through psychoanalytic theory and practice, and with the aim of avoiding the instrumentalisation of subjectivity, I try to address in this article the clinical and social dialogue between «Transition and Detransition» in cases of transsexuality, particularly in its relation to childhood and adolescence, without leaving adulthood out of this analysis.

On the inevitable conflict of transsexuality, I read as a symptom of culture and of the subject that which, in the media and in hegemonic thought, transforms into new identities, sometimes erasing something that resists identity, perhaps the unspeakable of every subject. Something of their unconscious, sometimes unheard.

This leads me to question myself about the social discourse that currently acquires a certain form of certainty and that does not cease to have symptomatic effects on the psyche, on sexuality and on the bodies of the subjects.

subjectivity, detransition, symptom of the culture, new identities, bodies

[Automatic translation from Spanish]:

Like so many psychoanalysts, from different schools in the contemporary, Freudian-Lacanian and other psychoanalytic clinics, I continue to wonder about the problems posed by current subjectivity, always advocating that the subject’s word should not be devoid of its therapeutic possibilities.

I believe that it is the objective of psychoanalysis, to avoid immobilism and to collaborate with change betting on a contemporaneousness marked by a neo-liberal homogenizing discourse that seeks to influence the subject and collective subjectivity by returning increasingly fragile and lonely social ties.

Say, that recognition of psychoanalysis regarding child sexuality does not advocate gender matching. Biology and anatomy do not, despite some interpretations that say so, naturally or socially imply the sexual fate of the subject. This will always be the result of a particular psychological architecture in which the unconscious cannot be erased from its structure, confluence of a complex movement of meanings and links of mental life and culture through a dynamic but conflicting process. Psychoanalysts see every day the symptomatic effects of various social issues precisely because we work with the footprints that they leave in people’s consciousness and unconsciousness. We work with this unease that becomes social and that completes personal stories. We are opting for the difference against homogenisation, stigmatisation and exclusion of the all-equal which is precisely not about rights. […]

Susana Peses
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