Eros Veiled? Configuring Women's Desires

in Erotic Attunement

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780226811383
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226811376 | DOI:
Eros Veiled? Configuring Women's Desires

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This chapter interprets the standard contemporary accounts of women's erotic desire and pleasure by exploring prominent, contradictory Western accounts. Mark Johnson and Gale Weiss offered a way to see women's normal embodied experience as ambiguous, fluid, and many-stranded, making it both impossible and unnecessary to determine a single core labeled “sexuality” or to distinguish it absolutely from eroticism. The nursing texts genuinely appeared familiar with the social and physical dynamics of breastfeeding. The explorations of medieval maternity, women's orgasmic asexuality, and empirical sexology imply that links between sexuality and bodies are complex. Johnson and Weiss proposed powerful tools for imaging maternal passion. When women draw or refuse analogies between breastfeeding and sex much is at stake. All parents, male and female, struggled for language to express the intensity, physicality, and multidimensionality of their relationships with their children.

Keywords: erotic desire; pleasure; Mark Johnson; Gale Weiss; sexuality; eroticism; nursing; breastfeeding; orgasmic asexuality; empirical sexology

Chapter.  10261 words. 

Subjects: Ethical Issues and Debates

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