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Atlas, G. (2013). What's Love Got to Do with It? Sexuality, Shame, and the Use of the Other. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 14(1):51-58.

(2013). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 14(1):51-58

What's Love Got to Do with It? Sexuality, Shame, and the Use of the Other

Galit Atlas, Ph.D.

This article examines Jessica Benjamin's path-blazing feminist work on domination/submission as the foundation for later studies on sexuality and emphasizes intersubjectivity both as a philosophical model and as a clinical concept. The problem of dependency in the mother-infant relationship, the terrors and desires of the mother-baby relationship, and the intersubjective aspects of sexuality as they appear in the clinical work are discussed. The article suggests that the mother's body plays a fundamental role in the discovery of oneself and of the other and particularly in the development of the capacity for love.

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