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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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Erotic Attunement
University of Chicago Press

Contemporary Western women—especially nursing mothers—inevitably at times experienced their contact with their children as sexually pleasurable. Maternity's destabilization of sexuality and sensual pleasure opened endless questions beyond mother-infant relations. This book presents reflection on what children learn about sexuality and physical affection from relationships with their parents and caregivers. It illustrates why the obvious reaction to abuse, forbidding sensual nurture, is as destructive as abuse itself. Exploration of maternal sensuality and women's sexuality indicated that male pedophilia is only partly about the perversion of sexuality. Western liberal culture as a whole, and not merely the ostensibly archaic sexual culture of Roman Catholicism, must bear the blame for the Roman Catholic pedophilia crisis. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords:   nursing mothers, maternal sensuality, sexuality, sensual pleasure, pedophilia, abuse, Western liberal culture, Roman Catholicism, physical affection

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