Developing an Integrative Approach to Female Sexual Desire: The Advances and Drawbacks of Relational and Bodily Experiences Theory

  • Nicholas VelottaEmail author
  • Pepper Schwartz

There seems to be a significant amount of new writing and research on the subject of female sexual desire and we welcome it. For a while, it seemed that there was no further discussion on the etiology or nature of female desire other than debates on the work of Helen Kaplan, Rosemary Basson, or clinical evaluations of hypo- or hypersexual desire. Recently, however, younger scholars are readdressing the subject in more multivariate ways. This is particularly true of the Target Article by Cherkasskaya and Rosario (2018), and we find it an innovative and provocative approach to understanding why female desire may be intense among some women or suppressed or modest in others. We particularly appreciate Cherkasskaya and Rosario’s work in specifying the influence of attachment styles (included within their construct of “relational experiences”) and “bodily experiences,” which are composed of “self-subjectivity,” “self-objectivity,” and genital self-image on female sexual desire. However, as...


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  1. 1.Sociology DepartmentUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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