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eroticism

sexual excitement or desire, and the changing social constructions of this. Theorists such as Michel FOUCAULT, The History ofSexuality (1979) have done much to document how SEXUALITY, the erotic realm and the discourses of eroticism (both scientific and literary) are transformed in every historical period and also have political dimensions (see also ROMANTIC LOVE). At a more empirical level, researchers such as Alfred Kinsey et al. (1948 and 1953) have sought to provide a comprehensive account of the range of erotic sexual behaviour. It is plain that eroticism and the objects of eroticism, which may or may not involve direct behaviour with other persons, take many forms, only a minority of these directly involving sexual reproduction. Most forms, and the greatest incidence of sexual behaviour, can be described as ‘recreational’, much of this as part of a continuing sexual relationship, although varying between different cultures and in different periods in the life cycle.

Eroticism

Aphrodite
novel of Alexandrian manners by Pierre Louys. [Fr. Lit.: Benét, 783]
Ars Amatoria
Ovid’s treatise on lovemaking. [Rom. Lit.: Magill IV, 45]
Barbarella
frequently semi-nude heroine of sexy French comicstrip. [Comics: Berger, 211]
Daphnis and Chloë
their idyll reconciles naïveté and sexual fulfillment. [Gk. Lit.: Magill I, 184]
Delta of Venus
stories of sexual adventure including incest, perversion, prostitution, etc. [Am. Lit.: Anaïs Nin Delta of Venus in Weiss, 124]
Hill, Fanny
narrator of Cleland’s 18th-century novel of erotic experiences. [Br. Lit.: Cleland Memoirs of Fanny Hill]
Kama-Sutra
detailed Hindu account of the art of lovemaking. [Ind. Lit.: Benét, 538]
O
a beautiful woman willing to undergo every form of sexual manipulation at the bidding of her lover. [Fr. Lit.: Pauline Reage The Story of 0 in Weiss, 445]
Perfumed Garden, The
Arabian manual of sexual activity. [Arab. Lit.: EB (1963) IV, 448]
Playboy
monthly magazine renowned for nude photographs. [Am. Pop. Cult.: Misc.]
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The importance of rewriting the erotic monopoly is, in many ways, central to anal eroticism. Jeffrey R.
While anal eroticism undoubtedly provokes questions of male/male desire, a male desire for another male's anus, I want to stress that it need not be this way.
Yet Laplanche and Pontalis, discussing obsessive cleanliness as a reaction-formation that masks anal eroticism, propose an intriguing second example: "Similarly, the lawyer who pushes his concern with equity to the extreme point of fastidiousness may in this way show his systematic lack of concern for the real problems presented to him by the defence of those who depend upon him: he is thus satisfying his sadistic qualities under a cloak of virtue ..." (378).
(5) See "Character and Anal Eroticism" [1908], and "On Transformatons of Instinct as Exemplified in Anal Eroticism" [1917], in Freud 205-15 and 293-302.
352) Although Birkin explains that he wants to develop deep relationships with men and women, Nixon argues that Lawrence rejects women and procreative sex in favor of male bonding and anal eroticism: "Lawrence began to view sex with women as destructive.
In contrast, Nixon insistently reads words like "darkness," "corruption," "bowels," "loins," "shame," "bestial," "roots," and "death" as metonymy for anal eroticism rather than as metaphors for a kind of relationship that does not yet exist.
The component instincts--defined by Freud as those attached to pregenital erotogenic zones, particularly the oral and anal--are organized during the oedipal stage into that genitality that for Freud constitutes human sexuality.(2) Significantly, the component instinct that most insists itself into Freud's texts as the one above which the human subject has to rise is anal eroticism. Writing about the changes in instinctual disposition that civilization elicits, he remarks:
He leads his willing accomplice (that voyeuristic straw man, the viewer) down the primrose path of poverty, male heterosexual anal eroticism, love, lust, Pollock, crapulous neediness, and jubilant desperation.