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Erotic AttunementParenthood and the Ethics of Sensuality between Unequals$
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Cristina L. H. Traina

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226811383

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226811376.001.0001

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Pleasure and Protection

Pleasure and Protection

(p.217) Chapter Nine Pleasure and Protection
Erotic Attunement
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This chapter investigates two feminist approaches that criticize Western culture's tradition of sexual exploitation, but that disagree about strategies for its correction. It argues that both are valuable but neither is adequate. Carter Heyward argued that contorting what she saw as evolving mutual friendship to fit the acceptable inegalitarian structure of wise therapist and vulnerable client injured both her and her therapist by cutting off an opportunity for mutual creativity and benefit. Like Heyward, Marie Fortune wanted to eroticize equality and encourage a vibrant sensuality. Like Fortune, Pamela Cooper-White saw therapy as helpful empowerment and insisted on the maintenance of clear boundaries. Cooper-White's reflections on pastoral counseling showed the roots of several parenting contradictions encountered. Relational psychotherapy and massage therapy predicted unintentional boundary transgression and encouraged practices that reduce errors of both intentional and unintentional sorts.

Keywords:   sexual exploitation, Carter Heyward, equality, sensuality, Marie Fortune, Pamela Cooper-White, massage therapy, relational psychotherapy, pastoral counseling

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