Joan Riviere

  • ‘Womanliness as a Masquerade’ (1929)
  • A woman who looked into psychoanalysis and the idea that femininity is a social construct.
  • She focused on the concept that women use their femininity as a mask so that men wouldn’t be intimidated by their intelligence and ability to form and have an opinion.
  •  This was in a time before women got the vote
  • She also looks at the development of female sexuality in earl life which can coincide with Freud’s works, expanding on it.
  • I think this idea of using a mask is still in play today. its argued that a lot of women can be seen to be overly feminine to get what they want, but that doesn’t always work and they still receive  attacks from males, that might be why the mask is still necessary.

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