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occurring in several or many forms; appearing in different forms in different developmental stages.
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Occurring in more than one form.
[G. polymorphos, multiform]
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Occurring in more than one form.
Synonym(s): multiform, pleomorphic (1) , pleomorphous, polymorphous.
[G. polymorphos, multiform]
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But this image, and those in the movie itself, frame Gershon's butchness: she is marked as butch (and, by extension, working class--a connection that I explore later in the article) through her black shirt and tattoo, and through her proclivity for painting and plumbing, but she is simultaneously marked as feminine with her pouty, Julia Roberts lips, wispy hair hanging in her eyes, and her reputation as an actress--this is, after all, one of the women who bared it all in Showgirls (although in that film, too, there was a lesbian subplot in which Gershon's polymorphously perverse character was rejected by Elizabeth Berkley's straight-only femme.) (20) And notably, it is Gershon's conventionally attractive, feminine body that we see fully nude in Bound, not Tilly's.
Dennis Altman ([1971] 1993), Mario Mieli (1977), and Guy Hocquenghem (1978) each offered analyses suggesting that without the guilt and renunciation demanded by capitalist discipline we would all be polymorphously perverse, free to experience pleasure with a variety of different partners.
Moulthrop proclaims "the promiscuity of hypertext," noting that the word "promiscuity" comes from a root meaning a tendency to seek relations: hypertext is about "promiscuous, pervasive, and polymorphously perverse connection" (p.
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The erotic response of infancy is global, undifferentiated and polymorphously perverse.
Building on the insights of feminists writing about carceral and therapeutic modes of discipline in both historical and contemporary contexts, they explore the professional discourses and organizational activities that were marshalled to normalize these polymorphously deviant women.
Rather than attribute any specific sexual orientation or preference to Colette, the phrase "polymorphously perverse" seems most appropriate.
Responding to these risks need not require melodramatic languages about shattering the self or pursuing polymorphously perverse sensibilities.
In this particular instance, the most "politically correct" of the three films may also be the funniest, most pleasurable, and perhaps even the sexiest in its celebration of the polymorphously perverse: Rhonda's inter-racial bisexual menage a trots, Muriel and Rhonda's erotic attachment to one another, David's narcissism, Muriel and David's night of romantic lovemaking, her hilarious make-out session with Bryce in which furniture is destroyed, Rhonda's post-surgery lustful glances at her somehow always gorgeous cab drivers--all are evidence of the film's celebration of sexuality.
When I reached page 37, "the neo-marxist critics of postmodernism have endorsed an economistic marxism, where culture is seen to reflect, or express, or exist in a mimetic relation to the base", I was struggling and by page 57 "in what has become one of the most celebrated sex scenes in recent cinematic history, sex-in-love in Ghost is celebrated symbolically as an erotic exchange of bodily fluids" and "sexuality is about lubrication, dissolution and the polymorphously perverse infantile pleasures of smearing, touching and rubbing", I began to wonder if I'd be better getting my culture from the Daily Sport.
In contrast with his function as a polymorphously assimilative Vedic body, Saleem as a sexual body acts as a bounded space threatened by proximity, especially that of female and poor bodies.