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BLACK KNIGHTS 07/08R
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Reverse the Fantasy
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AT: Traverse the Fantasy
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[Slavoj, philosopher, failed Presidential candidate, Institute for Social Studies in Ljubljana, The Metastases of Enjoyment
 
]One of the fundamental propositions of Lacanian psychoanalysis is that
this sentence or thing which encapsulates the kernel of thesubject’s being beyond imaginary identifications is irreducibly decentred with regard to the symbolictexture which defines the subject’s identity: the subject can confront this ex-timate kernel only at the priceof his temporary aphanisis. This is what Lacan’s formula of fantasy designates: the subject’s self-erasure inthe face of this strange, ‘ex-timate’ body
(belief, desire, proposition)
which forms the core of his or her being. Suffice itto recall how we blush red as a rose when our most intimide mode of enjoyment is publicly revealed: wewould like to sink into the ground
. In other words,
aphanisis
bears witness to the irreducible discord between the phantasmic hard core and the textureof symbolic narrative:
when I risk confrontation with this hard core, ‘the story I have been telling myself aboutmyself no longer makes sense’, ‘I no longer have a self to make sense of’
– or, in Lacanian terms, the big Other (the symbolicorder) collapses into the small other,
objet petit a
, the fantasy-object. The extraction of 
object a
from the field of reality gives this field its consistency:
in aphanisis,the objet a is no longer extracted, it acquires full presence – in consequence, not only does the symbolictexture which constituted my reality disintegrate, but the very phantasmic kernel of my enjoyment is laidopen, and thus comes under attack.
Perhaps, in a sense, there
is no greater violence than that suffered by the subject who is forced, against his or her will,to expose to public view the objet a in himself or herself.
 
And
 
, incidentally,
therein resides the ultimate argumentagainst rape: even if, in a sense, male chauvinism is right – even if some women somehow and sometimes dowant to be taken roughly – for that very reason there is nothing more humiliating than to force a woman,against her will, to comply with her desire.
This is what Shakespeare’s Coriolanus had in mind when he refused to ‘hear my nothings monster’d’:he preferred to become a traitor rather than resort to public self-praise and lay open that ‘nothing’ which was the kernel of his being.

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