Luce Irigaray

What they desire is precisely nothing and at the same time everything. Their desire is often interpreted, and feared, as a sort of insatiable hunger, a voracity that will swallow­ you whole. Whereas it really involves a different economy more than anything else, one that upsets the linearity of a project, undermines the goal-object of a desire, diffuses the polarization towards a pleasure. — But if the female imaginary could bring itself into play, would it represent itself in the form of one universe? — Traditionally a use-value for man, an exchange value among men; in other words a commodity, whose price will be established in terms of the standard of their work and of their need/desire, by "subjects": workers, merchants, consumers. How can this object of transaction claim a right to pleasure without removing her/itself from established commerce?
For women to undertake tactical strikes, to keep themselves apart from men long enough to learn to defend their desire, especially through speech, to discover the love of other women while sheltered from men's imperious choices that put them in the position of rival commodities, to forge for themselves a social status that compels recognition... these are certainly indispensable stages* in the escape from their proletarization in the exchange market. — Irigaray, 77…/irigaray-this-sex-…

*stages are unlucky reminders to the idea of a unilinear development.