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By Mary O'Brien

Discusses the political implications of replica, examines feminist and standard masculine theories, and indicates a reformed interpretation of Marxist rules.

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Freud's error in separating primitive sexuality from reproductive process is magnificent in scale, and is only possible because it has an objective base: the process of reproduction does impose a temporal gap between sexuality and panurition for men, and it also separates men from all stages of the process except copulation. It is thus from the standpoint of separated sexuality rather than integrated binh that Freud launches humanity on to the guilty tides of history. He offers us a group of primitive brothers eager to appropriate their mother as sex-object, the apparent absence of other women being not actual and historical but psychological and Oedipal.

Boys grow up under the eye of a particular male parent, who counteracts the limitations of maternal particularity until such time as the male child can transcend this patriarchal domination, and proceed to take his place in the larger male-dominant society which meets the young man's need to become, among other things, a patriarch himself. Of the two needs, biological and ethical, which guarantee the survival of some form of family in history, the ethical function is clearly superior The dialectics of reproduction 27 to the reproductive function, for it has a moral and human component added to the merely organic workings of biology.

Marx, prodigious though his humanity indubitably is, analyses 'value' in a way which has nothing to say about the human value which inheres in the 'product' of reproductive labour, and the value of the individual therefore tends to disappear in the collectivity of class. Freud becomes a little confused in his attempts to draw a parallel between the infancy of the individual and the infancy of the race. Having shrewdly perceived the importance of both of the biologically immediate experiences of digestion and sexuality for the infant, he analyses the childhood of the race only in terms of sexuality, not considering that adults must somewhere and at some time have comprehended both digestive and reproductive process as discovery.

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