Defining Sex and Communism with Lacan, Deleuze & Guattari  

Sex and Socialism

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence has inspired many follow ups from its suggestion that Socialism brings with it better sex: “Studies from the mid-eighties reported that eighty per cent of East German women always experienced orgasm during sex” –

If there is a correlation to be made between capitalism, masculinity, and a lack of female orgasms, it would be for me only one concept. Lacan’s Other Jouissance

Socialism brings with it (and is brought about by) Other Jouissance (JA). 

This is not the opposite of the masturbatory fantasy or function, it is the masturbatory function insofar as the Other is the one who experiences their Jouissance. Insofar as the experience of Jouissance and orgasm is only after the orgasm/Jouissance of the Other has been brought about. 

Lacan refers to the subject ($) who can achieve this Other Jouissance as Woman.

   Of course we also know through his concept of sexuation that “there is no sexual relation” and “there is no such thing as woman”. 

(Other Jouissance and becoming-woman refers to websites and sources where Lacanian concepts can be further explored, as well as a comparison between the psychoanalytic works of Jacques Lacan and the schizoanalytic works of Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari.) 

The concept of gender, masculinity and feminity for Freud was not a biological mystery, but a psychological one.

Even in Freud can there be seen a confused tracing of masculinity embodied by a Woman, and feminity embodied in the male.

We are accustomed to say that every human being displays both male and female instinctual impulses, needs and attributes; but though anatomy, it is true, can point out the characteristic of maleness and femaleness, psychology cannot.” 

Sigmund Freud, Civilization and its Discontents 

For Lacan, the solution to this conundrum of the psychology of gender is simple. 

Gender (including biology and what we refer to as ‘sex’) belongs to the ‘realm of the signifer’. 

Gender and sex are linguistic.

They belong to language. 

“Lacan states that “jouissance, insofar as it is sexual, is phallic, which means that it does not relate to the Other as such.” However, he argues that there is a specifically feminine jouissance, a “supplementary jouissance” which is “beyond the phallus,” a jouissance of the Other. In order to differentiate between these two forms of jouissance, Lacan introduces different algebraic symbols for each; Jφ designates phallic jouissance, whereas JA designates the jouissance of the Other.”

Between male and female human beings there is no such thing as an instinctive relationship’ because all sexuality is marked by the signifier.”

Jacques Lacan, Conférence à Genève sur le symptôme

Woman, for Lacan, is a fantasy which knows it is.

Woman is a symptom of man, insofar as Man is incapable of understanding what Woman is. Man believes Woman hides a secret, the secrecy of being a Woman, and the man is this castrated (symbolically) from her. The secret, known by the Woman, is that there is none. Woman is no secret at all. 

Woman knows itself to be a Parrhasian Veil – which hides only the fact that nothing is hidden. 

Woman knows itself not to be. It is in this sense that Lacan means both “there is no sexual relation” and that “Woman does not exist”. 

The trans evaluation of this line of thought, transgender psychoanalysis as such, recognises too this function of the signifer. If the feminine function of Woman is knowing that it isn’t. Then some woman embody the masculine function by believing that it is. The trans male embodies the masculine by knowing Woman exists and that he is not. The trans woman however can either continue the masculine function, to believe in Woman as something with an essence, as something masculinity escapes, and therefore to remain castrated from it. Or, the feminine function can flourish, and trans woman knows themself to be not. The trans woman can know Woman does not exist, and can enjoy this. By embracing Woman as ‘n’existe pas’. 

What goes for Woman also goes for sex. And for gender. That is ‘n’existe pas’. Through their own abolition, the realisation that they are hiding nothing (what Sartre calls nihilation) allows it to express itself freely. To explore itself by embracing itself as a nothingness. A pure potentiality. 

Orgasms for females find significant increases when with another female partner, engaging with a more sexually caring partner, or under socialism.

While not arguing for a causality, my argument is for a strong correlation between these three things. 

This correlation as Lacan posits it is Other Jouissance, or what Deleuze & Guattari call: becoming-woman

Communism, Other Jouissance and becoming-woman are all the same thing. 

Each contain the element of enjoying the Other’s orgasm more than ones own. To enjoy the Other’s enjoyment more than one’s own. 

   This means that the surplus enjoyment (the enjoyment of the sacrifice of enjoyment) of one is equal to or only brought about by this enjoyment existing in the Other. 

‘I only achieve Jouissance when you do.’

Or as Marx puts it, gettungswessen; ‘I only orgasm when everyone does.’

Only Woman can experience Other Jouissance and can bring about Other Jouissance for Lacan, but becoming-woman can do so for D&G – who say all becoming is through becoming-woman:

“Although all becomings are already molecular, including becoming-woman, it must be said that all becomings begin with and pass through becoming-woman. It is the key to all the other becomings.”

-Deleuze & Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus. 


Communism and Other Jouissance is the very act which D&G speak of as becoming

Capitalism is the perverted masturbation which will use any means necessary to achieve its orgasm. It cares only for its own Jouissance. This is why under socialism and in sex different from the typical cis-heterosexual, there are more female orgasms, sexual satisfaction, and Other Jouissance 

By cis-heterosexual, I mean in Lacanian terms, the intercourse between a masculine signifying individual and their feminine signifying partner. 

The complexity of these signifiers in relation to thousands of other elements, from biology to desire, is unspoken. It goes beyond gender. 

What I mean is the masculine, who castrates themself from Woman, and therefore from experiencing the Other Jouissance – who can only masturbate, and not have sex.

Who only has sex to masturbate. 

That’s not to say women can’t do this too! There are many cases of women who function through the masculine, by accepting Woman as an essence who is entirely cut off and alienated from Man. By accepting Woman therefore as a ‘symptom of man’. These would be the “women” that cannot achieve Other Jouissance

On the other side, Man can also fully embody the feminine function. To realise masculinity and feminity as fake. To become-woman and achieve Other Jouissance. 

Queerness is here an essential core of Lacanian psychoanalysis. Queerness embraces subject as not existing. As non-all. Queerness is the embracing of the signifiers which guide subjectivity, to be able to move beyond itself. 

Queerness is the very promoting of Other Jouissance, of Sex. Woman is Queer. Becoming-Woman is the queer function and the queer act. Communism is Queer  

Sex is not masturbation. Masturbation is not sex. Do not be afraid to experience Other Jouissance, becoming-woman, or to enjoy the orgasm of the Other.

The way out of capitalism is not through masturbation, but through sex. 

All sex is Other Jouissance, masturbation is Phallic Jouissance

All sex is becoming-woman. 

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