Civilization and its Discontents: the position of women. Freud translator of Mill’s “The Enfranchisement of Women”

After the decease of the official translater of Mill’s work, Gomperz entrusted (on the advice of Von Brentano) the translation of Mill’s last volume to Freud, a brilliant yet needy student at that time. One of the essays of that volume – The Enfranchisement of Women – which highlighted the prejudices of the period, was to exercise a revolutionary influence on Freud, without his knowing. The act of translation produced in Freud a theoretical child, that would make him readdress the question of femininity through a new way of listening to his female patients.