Éditorial Articles Actes de séminaire Comptes rendus Autres regards

No 3, 2010

Defensive agenderality in woman: a cause of sexual dysfonction
(Please refer to the French version for the complete article)

Julie Côté Rousseau, M.A.

Defensive agenderality in women is defined here as the organization of one’s psychic economy so as to protect one’s integrity from the threat posed by incorporating components associated to the female gender. Because of their difficulty in integrating certain characteristics associated to the femininity, these women will live more or less consciously as “having no specific gender” or “agendered”, this without necessarily compensating by the acquisition of characteristics associated to the male gender. This defensive psychic position can cause significant sexual dysfunction. The difficulty in integrating components associated to the female gender will therefore be considered not as a consequence of sexual dysfunction, but as its main cause in women who perceived themselves as “agendered”.