What's Love Got to Do with It? Sexuality, Shame, and the Use of the Other
DOI: 10.1080/15240657.2013.756778
Title: What's Love Got to Do with It? Sexuality, Shame, and the Use of the Other
Journal Title: Studies in Gender and Sexuality
Volume: Volume 14
Issue: Issue 1
Publication Date: January 2013
Start Page: 51
End Page: 58
Published online: 20 Feb 2013
ISSN: 1524-0657
Affiliations:
a New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
Abstract: This article examines Jessica Benjamin's path-blazing feminist work on domination/submission as the foundation for later studies on sexuality and emphasizes intersubjectivity both as a philosophical model and as a clinical concept. The problem of dependency in the mother-infant relationship, the terrors and desires of the mother-baby relationship, and the intersubjective aspects of sexuality as they appear in the clinical work are discussed. The article suggests that the mother's body plays a fundamental role in the discovery of oneself and of the other and particularly in the development of the capacity for Love.

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