In the case of masturbation, the imaginary works wonders--see Thomas Mann's famous onanism
at eighty, in the kairos of the imagined Zurich waiter boy, or the morale of the masturbations of poet Istvan Vas: the delight of delights is the imaginary's emphatic wonderment at itself.
The struggle against arrogant-ignorance, onanism
, and overall Black mental illness and the prescriptive guidelines and living legacy of Yosef ben-Jochannan.
Foucault shows this relationship between masturbation and the negative perception of it connected to economics when he writes of the precocious onanist as one "in danger of compromising not so much his physical strength as his intellectual capacity, his moral fiber, and the obligation to preserve a healthy line of descent for his family and his social class" (121) and "Parents, families, educators, doctors, and eventually psychologists would have to take charge, in a continuous way, of this precious and perilous, dangerous and endangered sexual potential: this pedagogization was especially evident in the war against onanism
, which in the West lasted nearly two centuries" (104).
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).
The supposedly dismal course of erotic events, from an unfulfilled procreative act, through fetishism, to a masturbatory resolution, inscribes fetishism and onanism
within the category of "bad sex," and simultaneously erases differences within that category.
Described in the press release accompanying this exhibition as "self-portraits of his own adolescent subconscious," Andre Ethier's new paintings are every inch the exercises in creative onanism
that this boldly unfashionable characterization might suggest.
In contrast, I will encourage the copulation inherent to postmodern theopoetics, distinguishing it from the onanism
of theopoetics in a modernist style.
It appears then that the footnote to Genesis 38:7-10 in the 1986 edition of the New American Bible departs from the Catholic Church's traditional interpretation of, and the wickedness, of the act of Onanism
or what the Church now calls contraception.
The Civilian Response Corps reflects the moral and intellectual onanism
that is accepted by the feckless mainstream media as legitimate strategy-making.
The catalogue entries on the nude, written by the renowned American scholar of Venetian art David Rosand, for instance, provide a vivid and expansive narration of each image's erotic possibilities--a recondite form of onanism
that seems somewhat infelicitous in this context.
Genesis later confronts us with the sin of onanism
, the violation of Jacob's daughter Dinah, the filling of Isaac's wells with earth by the Philistines, plus of course the rise and fall of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Even more outrageously, psychoanalysts were accused of encouraging scrupulous individuals to overcome their obsessions by onanism
or sexual intercourse.