By Eva Pattis Zoja
The controversy on abortion has tended to prevent the mental importance of an undesirable being pregnant, ruled istead by way of the robust feelings the topic excites. Eva Pattis Zoja examines the strategies that encompass a woman's determination to finish a being pregnant, and offers the difficult thesis that voluntary abortion can usually be a violent and subconscious act of self-realisation. Treating a subject that's important to our lifestyles, the writer makes no try to argue for or opposed to, or to disclaim the painful nature of the topic which she tackles, yet as a substitute appears to be like on the approach within which a choice to abort can impact a woman's internal existence.
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Since the discovery of the unconscious, it has become more difficult to make God responsible. But what did she want—a child? That seems unlikely, since she is now in the process of deciding to refuse to have one. Could it be that she only wanted a pregnancy? PROOF OF FERTILITY When I saw the little black circle on the pregnancy test, I was frightened and happy at the same time: I was pregnant. Even though I knew I’d interrupt the pregnancy, I was proud of myself, and for a couple of hours I felt an inner security I had never known before.
He thus, as well, refuses to recognize the socio-cultural relativity of his thesis, which passes a negative Christian judgement on all those traditional peoples who have practised ritual forms of abortion. And in strictly psychological terms, such a thesis also neglects a number of highly important perceptions. There are cases where a pregnancy is experienced not at all as a ‘normal process’ but rather as a violence, sickness or abnormality, and abortion is the route to liberation. Let us take our reflections further by searching out possible unconscious goals which would not be pathological.
Her attempt to describe the differences between the male and female experience of sexuality has been criticized, but it remains a point of departure for the formulation of further questions. Deutsch’s theories centre on the notion that the sexual act as experienced by men concludes with ejaculation, and that the imaginative plane of male sexual experience dims in the wake of the sexual act at much the same speed as corporeal excitation subsides. For women, on the other hand, from a psychic point of view, the sexual act is nothing more than the first half of a two-part whole; the second half relates to pregnancy and birth: ‘I find confirmation in these facts for my theory that to the woman the act of parturition represents the conclusion of the sex that began in coitus… Thus we have here a process that is divided into two phases only by a time interval’ (Deutsch 1944:82, 81).
Abortion: Loss and Renewal in the Search for Identity by Eva Pattis Zoja