Erotic Attunement

Traina Cristina L H
Heightened awareness of the problem of sexual abuse has led to deep anxiety over adults touching children--in nearly any context. Though our society has moved toward increasingly strict enforcement of this taboo, studies have shown that young children need regular human contact, and the benefits of breastfeeding have been widely... Read More
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Heightened awareness of the problem of sexual abuse has led to deep anxiety over adults touching children--in nearly any context. Though our society has moved toward increasingly strict enforcement of this taboo, studies have shown that young children need regular human contact, and the benefits of breastfeeding have been widely extolled. Exploring the complicated history of love, desire, gender, sexuality, parenthood, and inequality, Erotic Attunement probes the disquieting issue of how we can draw a clear line between natural affection toward children and perverse exploitation of them.

Cristina L. H. Traina demonstrates that we cannot determine what is wrong about sexual abuse without first understanding what is good about appropriate sensual affection. Pondering topics such as the importance of touch in nurturing children, the psychology of abuse and victimhood, and recent ideologies of motherhood, she argues that we must expand our philosophical and theological language of physical love and make a distinction between sexual love and erotic love. Taking on theological and ethical arguments over the question of sexuality between unequals, she arrives at the provocative conclusion that it can be destructive to completely bar eroticism from these relationships.

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Publisher University of Chicago Press
ISBN-10 0226811387
ISBN-13 9780226811383
GTIN-13 9780226811383
GTIN-14 09780226811383
Subtitle Parenthood and the Ethics of Sensuality Between Unequals
Author Traina Cristina L H
Edition 1
Language Code eng
Page Count 363
Publication Date Jun 14, 2011
Dimension 6.2 in 9 in 1.2 in