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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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"Desiring the Bad: An Essay in Moral Psychology." Journal of Philosophy 76, no.
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.
As a black gay man expected to perform in a number of publicly prescribed ways, the narrator here feels the necessity of keeping his desiring black body safely in the closet--or, in Cullen's case, safely encased within his ill-fitting suits and Phi Beta Kappa Key--unstripped, unrevealed, and writhing on his bed of lies.
In each case, narrative offers people the same sort of marvelous possibility through its desiring words, a possibility that the narrator of "The Many Tenses of Wanting" formulates to her companion in the following manner: "You see--I expect wonders of another sort from you, from us; yes: our minds will catch fire" (94).
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.
Have been taught to want" (22)--Ursa is yet unaware of how the rest of her desiring function is also fraught with the weight of the past.
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.
Like Truth, like "Woman," the essence of the Jew does not exist, yet the traumatic fantasy of WASP plenitude is supported and witnessed by the desiring gaze of the Jew.
Many tax advisers believe that the individual desiring to sell the stock should not (in most instances) be the grantor when using a grantor trust in this type of transaction.
In other words, if the object of a person's desire occurs, it is not the occurrence of this object that is intrinsically good for the person; rather, it is the occurrence of the state of affairs that consists in his desiring it and its occurrence.