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Between Desire and PleasureA Deleuzian Theory of Sexuality$
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Frida Beckman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748645923

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748645923.001.0001

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Orgasmic Feminism

Orgasmic Feminism

(p.70) 4 Orgasmic Feminism
Between Desire and Pleasure

Frida Beckman

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the gendered history of the orgasm and how descriptions, representations and theories of the female orgasm underline some political problems with Deleuze’s implicitly male model of the orgasm. Some of his male ‘models’ are also explored as the chapter finds some clues as to why Deleuze would find sexual pleasure ‘deplorable’ in favoured literary writers such as D. H. Lawrence and Henry Miller. Looking at an alternative set of textual descriptions of orgasm, it is suggested that the orgasm harbours the potential to expand rather than delimit what bodies and sexes and pleasure can do.

Keywords:   Gender, Politics, History, Temporality, Female orgasm, Clitoris

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