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Onan

(ō`nən), in the Bible, Judah's son, whose evasion of his obligation to his brother's widow caused his death.
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Consequently, the film does not expose the woman's onanism to the gaze of spectators, thus purposefully circumventing the problem Laura Mulvey warns of, namely, that "in a world ordered by sexual imbalance, pleasure in looking has been split between active/male and passive/female [...].
First, stop the funding of research that consists of mathematical onanism. Those with power and authority in governmental and non-governmental grant-making institutions should stop funding such research.
The first one is about onanism, the second one is about bathing, and the third one is about vomiting."
One nineteenth-century commentator, perhaps unfamiliar with the temptations of onanism, felt the dash "must be the most perilous thing for a grammarian to handle." Literary experiments in punctuation in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries continued to raise hackles and tickle literary-minded satirists.
Findlay calls "the androgynous diabolism of the 'fin de siecle'" (227), and says that it is "a symbol of vice, particularly of cerebral lechery, demoniality, onanism, homosexuality, sadism and masochism" (Findlay 227).
The open emphasis on sex in Miller's works shares certain points with the idiosyncratic view of sensuality apparent in Powys' Autobiography (1934), and the more subdued, almost philosophical, use of sexual attraction in his fiction, though, as Peltier puts it, the "onanism, which [Powys] had practiced since his youth" (viii) is terrain Miller only occasionally referred to in his works.
An amalgamation of the platformed heeled lead singer and the word "Onanism".
There is nothing more odious, more obnoxious, than journalists and others in the liberal media engaging in self-congratulatory fawning and onanism as they compete to prove themselves the biggest or most ignorant prats on the planet.
Score this as one-half, for onanism: Mitchell asked his cast to have real sex on camera, but even hotter is Paul Dawson's limber self-love scene, as observed by his stalker.
As a result, Er's brother Onan is made to marry Tamar, in order to "fulfill [his] duty as a brother-in-law to raise up offspring for [his] brother." Onan, however, refuses to consummate the marriage, instead "spilling his seed upon the ground"and thereby earning himself eternal fame, or infamy, as the inventor of onanism.
"Self-congratulation" beats its rhythmic way through his Reminiscences "in a rattle of medals, decorations, flattery from underlings, and adulatory messages from chiefs of state." Ultimately Styron wonders whether MacArthur's "need to describe the charisma of his own physical presence" becomes "vaguely sexual," as if to "lure the unwilling reader into some act of collaborative onanism" (215).
During the ceremony a young boy and an old priest seem involved in public onanism, and the zealous infidels throw themselves under the wheels of the massive Juggernaut to gain immediate entry to nirvana (23-24).