Review of <em>Feminine law: Freud, free speech, and the voice of desire</em>.

Reviews the book Feminine law: Freud, free speech, and the voice of desire (2016) by Jill Gentile and Michael Macrone. The main thesis of Feminine Law is that both psychoanalysis and democracy evolved as rebukes to repression, and thus that they both are intimately linked to the pursuit of freedom and its paradoxes. Whereas different authors have already explored the emancipatory potential of psychoanalysis from a political point of view, nobody, at least to my knowledge, has yet endeavored to systematically explore the connection between the “fundamental rule” of psychoanalysis (Chapter 2), that of free association, and the fundamental condition of democracy, that of “free speech” (Chapter 3). This is by itself a very timely and insightful enterprise, but most of all, it is an enterprise that leads to a very untimely and, perhaps, even uncanny, conclusion. It should now be clear why this is a book both timely and untimely at the same time: It addresses timely issues but in such a way that it leads us to rethink many of the presuppositions of our own established ways of thinking. All the originality of Jill Gentile’s work already emerges in its very title, Feminine Law, with its invocation of two words that are all too often separated, but is perhaps only fully manifest when one pursues that very “in-between space” that the book illuminates for us. Needless to say, it is an illumination all the more needed in our age of Trumpisms, phallogocentric discourses, and worldwide proliferation of macho-populism. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)