His behavior illustrates the kind of pederastic love French feminist Luce Irigaray argues underlies a patriarchal economy in which wealth and power are transmitted between men; Trimalchio's monologue puts into words the process by which a commodity transforms to an agent of exchange.
Gatz would have been seventeen around 1910, in the era of the women's suffrage movement, so we might surmise that the things older, sexually experienced women are "hysterical" about have something to do with the treatment of women by men and with the role of women in a patriarchal economy.
One important concept is that of representation, which in the case of heterosexual love depends entirely on the ideologies (plural, as proposed by Foster) supplied by the patriarchal economy
(the management of acts in the social space, the act-space) and adopted by society on the demand side of such an economy.
The feminine image here is that of the manipulated and the stifled by the patriarchal economy, law, and moral system.
As she starts talking to Gavin in the final meeting, Eula quite eloquently expresses the entrapment of her and Linda's lives within the exploitative patriarchal economy.
They commit their crime to be free of the male gangster world, and "their pleasure in each other exceeds the patriarchal economy
of exchange" (203).
Refreshingly, Greer does not feel the need to offer a comfortable resolution of this tension but gives a thought-provoking analysis of the tales from the standpoint of Lacanian psychonalytic theory (she also draws heavily on Freud and Kristeva), which she uses as a tool to duplicate Zayas's conflictive position as a writer within a patriarchal economy
who espouses its discourse while simultaneously reworking and challenging that discourse.
40) The fact that the area around the Mercato Vecchio, a few minutes' wal k away, was associated with truly public women (donne pubbliche) displaying their bodies for sale reminds us of another use of the female body in the patriarchal economy
of exchange, and also that prostitution was a business run by some of the city's major families.
Rather than the site of women's productive skilled labor as weavers, the home in this narrative becomes the place where male domestic mastery over women results in their unskilled support of an increasingly patriarchal economy
While this story dramatizes Gallop's concept of a breakdown in paternal power due to the father's illicit desire, at the same time, Peri Rossi's vision offers a more radical assault on conventional patriarchal economy