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desire

noun A poetic (i.e., non-medical) term for a state of sexual arousal; it is little used in working medical parlance.

sexual response cycle

Physiology A term that encompasses the phases of a sexual act from prearousal to denouement; the SRC is divided into 4 phases. Cf Sexual dysfunction.
Sexual Response Cycle
Desire Consists of fantasies about sexual activity, desire to engage therein
Excitement Subjective component of sexual excitement is accompanied by physiologic changes, in ♂, penile tumescence and erection, in ♀ pelvic vasocongestion, vaginal lubrication, and swelling of external genitalia
Orgasm Peaking of sexual pleasure with release of sexual tension, rhythmic contraction of perineal muscles in ♂, ejaculation, in ♀, contractions of outer13 of vagina; in both, anal sphincter contracts rhythmically
Resolution Denouement Muscle relaxation, and a sense of well-being; during resolution, ♂ are unerectable for a variable period of time; ♀ remain on 'red alert'
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We can acknowledge this corrigibility without endorsing the externalism, for we need not accept the possibility of desiring something unbeknownst to ourselves.
While assuredly much more needs to be done to truly actualize freedom in being, because such work is an inherent capacity of desiring self-consciousness, this essence can thereby be recognized by individuals as truly universal, even without actual recognition from particular others.
In the second stanza, the conflict is set between the desiring Jim and his mother, whose voice emphasizes stasis, rootedness, and acceptance over the writhing and dissatisfied activity of the desiring body:
Being disposed to [Psi] is not quite enough to count as desiring to [Psi], though; one must be disposed to take what one believes to be the necessary means to [Psi] as well.
Perhaps we should say that central ends are intensely desired states of affairs in which the person doing the desiring brings something about.
Like the family narratives to which the blues are so closely aligned throughout Corregidora, the blues performance produces an enabling version of the past and reproduces a healthier set of resources for the reconstitution of the desiring subject, because the blues also follow the practice of the family narratives in contesting the representations of a desiring subject either utterly freed from or utterly imprisoned by the past.
Whether the distinction between motivated and unmotivated desires, in the way Schueler formulates it, could then be maintained in such cases seems doubtful, since a reason I might have for desiring to eat or drink is that I am hungry or thirsty.
We also wanted our analysis to account for the common intuition that, ceteris paribus, someone's authentically desiring that P in and of itself makes P's obtaining valuable for her, while someone's alien desire that P does not in and of itself make P's obtaining valuable for her.
Encompassed by the desires of others and intimately involved in the production of love tokens, Cripple adamantly refuses to participate as a desiring subject within these imbricated economies.
Vivaldo's lesson then is both a lesson in desire and a lesson "in" Ida's sanctum - his desiring relation to Ida's racial experience.
The absorbing opening chapters (on Columbus and the discovery of Brazil, respectively) examine two related but opposed modes of utilizing the discursive apparatus of Petrarchan lyric: one emphasizing the desiring subject's self-constitution, and the other the dialectically linked construction of the desired object.