The transgender women deal with heterosexual men who are attracted to and eroticize
them but cannot seem to treat them like real people.
In Italian especially the word gemiti[moans] often carries a sexual overtone, a word sense that the journalist exploits to eroticize
these vocalizations explicitly referring to them as "orgasmic".
Mullah Shah is used to "interface" with divinity and the princess uses language of profane love - caressing, embracing, anointing - to eroticize
her spiritual experience.
For example, workers regularly eroticized their language, using sexual innuendo in order to create space between the mostly male supervisors and the mostly female workers: "After two to three years in the factory, workers would have learned how to eroticize
any factory situation and embarrass any middle-class officer, male or female, who was subscribing to shame-fear" (13.
Pointedly, however, it is not only the male characters, or dominants, who eroticize
The opening article by Shirley Jordan focuses on the sexualized female body in texts by Catherine Millet, Catherine Breillat, Anna Rozen, and Marie-Laure Dagoit, arguing for a corporeal specificity to female-authored texts that is used not to eroticize
the text, but to undermine phallocentric constructions of female sexuality.
Yet the flashback scene does more than simply eroticize
the female form in order to draw in audiences.
While the author, the tourists, and the inhabitants of Savannah eroticize
and foreground its natural beauty to the extent to which the city becomes a depraved female character, they also eroticize
and marginalize homosexual and black characters.
In discussing (and, for me, defending) the book, we needed to swap its subversion for moderation: the book is a warning, an ironic urge to forgo the dual urges to mechanize the self and eroticize
While Irene's managerial function in relation to Brian is clearly gendered, the text does not explicitly eroticize
At the same time, the "diabolical bawling and twanging" so often passed off as music in our day has an equal power to degrade, eroticize
, and desensitize.
Chapter Four's "Interracial Eroticism in Asian American Literature: Male Subjectivity and White Bodies" discusses the way that white female physicality has traditionally been seen as both a source of beauty and power for the male immigrant or ethnic writer (unlike female writers who do not eroticize
interracial relationships in the same way).