This article considers acts of violence against woman to be as a desperate attempts to contain and transform the burden of traumatic excitations. It will argue that “femininicide” corresponds to the envious killing of the object’s desirability in response to the risk of invasion by the drives.
Adolescence, 2018, 36, 1, 121-132.
Using the clinical treatment of an incarcerated adolescent girl, the author considers how the commission of a violent sex act is a failure of the « work of passivity » leading to the murder of the feminine, what the author proposes to call « femininicide ». This slaying of the feminine is a response to the threat of being invaded by drives, which is strongly felt at the particular time of life which is adolescence. The article retraces the difficulties of Sonia’s clinical treatment during her time in the penal system. The passage by way of the act is envisioned as a scene bringing together and condensing internal psychical elements that cannot be organized or linked and threaten identity with rupture.
Adolescence, 2013, 30, 4, 935-944.