Joan Hodgson Riviere (28 June – 20 May ) was a British psychoanalyst, who was In she published “Womanliness as a Masquerade” in which she looks at an area of sexual development of intellectual women in particular. Documents Similar To Riviere, Joan. Womanliness as Masquerade, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 10, , Müller-Braunchweig. Womanliness as a masquerade: Joan Rivière. by Julia Evans on January 1, Published: 1) International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, , Vol 9.

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Far from being innate or natural, these acts are socialized, with the purpose of standardizing heterosexual identity.

Fraudulent femininity conceals a wish for masculinity that must be hidden out of a fear of not being accepted by men. The case from which Riviere develops this argument involves a successful intellectual woman who seeks reassurance from men after her public engagements, most prominently in the form of sexual attentions.

In an indirect manner, she flirts and coquettes with men to obtain sexual advances from them. A woman identifies as a man, i.


She argues that in the masquerade the woman mimics rivierw authentic and genuine womanliness but then authentic womanliness itself is such mimicry that it is a masquerade. In other words, they are the joaj thing. These two articles were deeply, deeply mind-boggling. They wonderfully tie together in their deeming of the idea of gender as fabricated.

But Riviere also says that women have a fundamental masculinity, by which she is assuming masculinity to be inherent.

Joan Riviere

Through the lens of Butler, it could be said that the construct of masculinity is fundamentally appealing to women, and the construct of femininity is womanlniess to avert yielding to that appeal. On the one hand, in the masquerade the woman mimics an authentic womanliness. The question here that drives me crazy then is what on earth is inherent? This is frankly a puzzling yet deeply fascinating thought. Her ideas are suggestive of femininity existing jown the purpose of impressing and pleasing men implicitly of course.

If the woman is described to force her femininity in order to be more accepted by men, then gender itself exists for that purpose.

The built up constructs of gender over time have instilled an expectation of retribution or rivieere of acceptance by the opposite sex if not complied with. And if human beings have a deeply imbedded instinct to impress the opposite sex, complying with that instinct now means complying with the unnatural gender construct, the unnatural quality of it being unbeknownst to us.


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