sexual abstention

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Noun1.sexual abstention - abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)sexual abstention - abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)
abstinence - act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
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to meditate, read scriptures until their eyes glazed and, not to mention, 'all the sexual abstention.'
This sensibility accords with the ideological discourses and politics of the sexual revolution--contemporaneous with the novel's moment of publication--with its overarching reclamation of sexuality and libidinal forces from a Victorianism or moral compass that would glorify sex as precious or necessitate reserve and sexual abstention. Thus, Melancon offers a beautiful reading of a pivotal passage in Sula in which the novel's adolescent protagonist and her female friend Nel are involved in homoerotic play.