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The Autonomy of Pleasure"Libertines, License, and Sexual Revolution"$
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James A. Steintrager

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231151580

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231151580.001.0001

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“the obscene organ of brute pleasure”

“the obscene organ of brute pleasure”

Social Functions of the Clitoris

(p.170) Chapter Four “the obscene organ of brute pleasure”
The Autonomy of Pleasure

James A. Steintrager

Columbia University Press

Shows how libertines adapted anatomical discussions of the clitoris and of clitoral gigantism to depict the organ as essential to the differentiation of pleasure from reproduction and to critique notions of biological normativity in the name of pleasure's autonomy.

Keywords:   clitoris, female sexual pleasure, anatomy, lesbian, orgasm, abnormality

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