Antoinette Fouque (1936-2014) was a psychoanalyst and director of research at the Universite de Paris VIII. She authored a number of books, including Gravidanza, Qui etes-vous, Antoinette Fouque? and Genesique. Sylvina Boissonnas is an activist in the Women's Liberation Movement and an architect. She has been involved in the Psychoanalysis and Politics research group since 1970.
This is a strong and powerful collection that repays reading and rereading by anyone interested in the areas of sex, gender, and women. -- Owen Heathcote, author of From Bad Boys to New Men? Masculinity, Sexuality, and Violence in the Work of Eric Jourdan Antoinette Fouque played a decisive role in the formation and subsequent history of the women's liberation movement in France. An extraordinary character, a highly cultivated woman, and a relentless activist, she took controversial steps while opening new paths for the inscription and recognition of women in the world. Her formulations were idiosyncratic, forceful, debatable, and provocative. This book is a precious testimony to her thought and action. It will help the English-speaking world interested in feminism complete the intellectual and political puzzle formed by what was called 'French Feminism' some decades ago. -- Anne-Emmanuelle Berger, Cornell University The feminology Fouque advocates here goes beyond feminism, since it triggers drastic shifts in our all-too-familiar worldview. Modernity is her tempo. Movement is her motto. Gestation is her guiding thread for a new epistemology, one of a world in which misogyny is eliminated. Procreation is her paradigm for a new human contract. The quest for liberty is her calling. The will to stay ahead of the game is her way of changing the rules. Sparkling with wit, this story of an everlasting commitment deserves a place in the international hall of fame. -- Laurence Zordan, philosopher and writer There Are Two Sexes departs from the same principle as Simone de Beauvoir's classic The Second Sex, that the feminine is devalued within traditional human cultures. Yet Fouque does not conclude, as feminists do, that it is necessary to align the secondary sex with the primary one. Instead, she accords women their own genius, a genius she calls matricial, a creative faculty that first appears in procreation, the power of life. In the process, the struggle of women for recognition is altered and exalted. -- Francois Guery, faculty of philosophy, University Jean Moulin Lyon A fitting testimony to the dedication and energy of a remarkable woman. -- Catherine Rodgers Modern Language Review