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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

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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Here monogamy, there hetaerism and its most extreme form, prostitution.
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).