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(hɪˈtɪərɪzəm) or


1. the state of being a concubine
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) sociol anthropol a social system attributed to some primitive societies, in which women are communally shared
heˈtaerist, heˈtairist n
ˌhetaeˈristic, ˌhetaiˈristic adj
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hetaerism, hetairism

1. the practice of concubinage.
2. a social system characterized by its regarding women as common property. — hetaerist, hetairist, n. — hetaeristic, hetairistic, adj.
See also: Sex
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For example, "You must realize the realitiesa, "You should stand against the elements which are floating hetaerism, and extremismsa, "you should reject extremistsa.
The mistress for Deleuze occupies a position between two extremes, between the hataeric and the sadistic, and she plays mistress with a "mixture of fear, revulsion and attraction" be cause she is uncertain about "whether she will be able to maintain her prescribed role" or whether "she might at any moment fall back into primitive hetaerism or forward into the other extreme of sadism" (50).