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Knoblauch, S.H. (2015). War Sex: Discussion of Steven Botticelli’s “Has Sexuality Anything to Do With War Trauma: Intergenerational Transmission and the Homosexual Imaginary”. Psychoanal. Perspect., 12(3):289-294.

(2015). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 12(3):289-294

War Sex: Discussion of Steven Botticelli’s “Has Sexuality Anything to Do With War Trauma: Intergenerational Transmission and the Homosexual Imaginary”

Steven H. Knoblauch, Ph.D.

In recognition of Steven Botticelli’s brilliant consideration of the influence of war trauma and cultural constructions of passivity in male on male sexual violence, I build on Botticelli’s considerations of touch to include not just touch that might traumatize but also touch that might communicate the value of passive receptivity for emotionally meaningful and reparative experience. I emphasize that this form of touch seems operative in his clinical illustration with the precipitation of the patient’s desire to “lay back” and be taken care of by his analyst.

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