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Pellegrini, A. Jakobsen, J.R. (2005). Melancholy Hope and Other Psychic Remainders: Afterthoughts on Love the Sin. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 6(4):423-440.

(2005). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 6(4):423-440

Melancholy Hope and Other Psychic Remainders: Afterthoughts on Love the Sin Related Papers

Ann Pellegrini, Ph.D. and Janet R. Jakobsen, Ph.D.

In this essay the coauthors of Love the Sin consider connections between moral and psychic ambivalence around sex and sexual pleasures; what tolerance “feels” like; and melancholia as both block to and resource for democratic social relations. In the final section of their essay, they suggest rethinking tolerance as a kind of melancholic reaction, or defense, that protects the agents of tolerance from knowing just how far short that they have fallen from their own professed commitments to being fair and doing good.

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