Back to All Events

Beyond Patriarchy: The Elusive Feminine, #MeToo and the Eros of Free Speech

  • PPSC 80 Fifth Avenue, Room 1408 New York, New York 10011 (map)

Jill Gentile, PhD

*This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.

By tracing gaps and exclusions that perpetuate conditions of patriarchy, this talk illuminates the signal power of human carnality, of sexual signification, and of the elusive feminine. What would a “feminine law” promise for the eros of free speech and for the freedom of desire, the freedom to desire? How might we understand the transitional action of #MeToo as more than a rebuke to patriarchy—as the eruptive, restorative action of desire? Might a paradoxical law of “no rule” help us to revive democracy's imaginative appeal and to guide ethical but also emancipatory— even revolutionary—social change?

Jill Gentile, PhD is faculty member at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity. She sits on several editorial boards including Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association(JAPA), Studies in Gender and Sexuality; Contemporary Psychoanalysis; and Psychoanalysis, Self, and Context. She is the author of many scholarly essays and her public essays have been featured in the Huffington Post, the New School’s Public Seminar, and the Los Angeles Review of Books’ Philosophical Salon. Her book Feminine Law: Freud, Free Speech, and the Voice of Desire, with Michael Macrone (Karnac, 2016) examines the mutual relevance between psychoanalysis and democracy through the lenses of free speech and the female body. She was awarded the 2017 Gradiva Award for her essay, “What is special about speech?” Jill has also served as a consultant to the Emmy nominated film The Tale (HBO,2018). She maintains a clinical practice in New York, where she sees individuals and couples and leads private study groups.

*Please note: A $5 surcharge will apply for those paying at the door, but we suggest buying your ticket in advance as the event may reach capacity before the date of the presentation.

For a refund to a PPSC Annex event, we must receive cancellation notice 7 days prior to the event. Please contact if you want to cancel within this time frame.

PPSC SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of Continuing Education for Licensed Social Workers #0054

*This PPSC event is wheelchair accessible, and any participant with a special need should contact PPSC at 212-633-9172 or in advance.

*PPSC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, national or ethnic origin, or analytic orientation in the administration of its admissions and educational policies.