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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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Eros Veiled? Configuring Women's Desires

Eros Veiled? Configuring Women's Desires

(p.47) Chapter Two Eros Veiled? Configuring Women's Desires
Erotic Attunement
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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

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