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ERIC Number: EJ834459
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1811
Maternal Sexuality and Breastfeeding
Bartlett, Alison
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, v5 n1 p67-77 Feb 2005
In this paper I consider the ways in which lactation has been discussed as a form of maternal sexuality, and the implications this carries for our understanding of breastfeeding practices and sexuality. Drawing on knowledge constructed in the western world during the last half of the twentieth century, the paper identifies a shift between the radical ideologies of the 1960s and 1970s and the newer moral conservatism of the 1990s. The emergence of lactation porn and erotica in the 1990s has meant that the sexuality of breastfeeding has been contained in a subculture outside of dominant cultural values, and so maternal sexuality has become a muted discourse, sometimes bordering on the immoral and illegal. My project in this paper, however, is to argue that breastfeeding pleasure is physiologically "normal" and should be productively rather than illicitly incorporated into the meanings we make of sexuality and of breastfeeding.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia