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Erotic Attunement: Parenthood and the Ethics of Sensuality between Unequals

Cristina L. H. Traina

Abstract

Heightened awareness of the problem of sexual abuse has led to deep anxiety over adults touching children—in nearly any context. Though our society has moved toward increasingly strict enforcement of this taboo, studies have shown that young children need regular human contact, and the benefits of breastfeeding have been widely extolled. Exploring the history of love, desire, gender, sexuality, parenthood, and inequality, this book probes the disquieting issue of how we can draw a clear line between natural affection toward children and perverse exploitation of them. The author demonstrates th ... More

Keywords: sexual abuse, breastfeeding, desire, gender, sexuality, parenthood, victimhood, motherhood, sexual love, erotic love

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226811383
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226811376.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cristina L. H. Traina, author