Год издания: 2007
Издатель: St. Martin's Press
Количество страниц: 128
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The sexual euphemism originated from society's inability to accept sexuality as a normal part of existence. It was a mark of shame to have desire. The euphemism has been used as a shield against these judgments and has more recently been adopted by contemporary masculinity to be used as both shield and weapon. Contemporary masculinity is a fragile thing that is easily threatened by any form of change or emasculation. It is because of this that the lexicon of sexual euphemisms has several distinct categories. If examined, it is easy to decipher how and why these euphemisms were created to empower masculinity which, since the women's movement, has become increasingly unstable and threatened. It is masculinity that stands as a threat to itself, and the euphemism is merely salting the wound. The inability of masculinity to define itself independent of femininity, rather than proclaiming itself as the antithesis of femininity, is catapulted to the forefront of society by the form and...