Engendering Sexual Desire: Love Magic, Sexuality and Agency in Papua New Guinea

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    Abstract

    Through a study of love magic, this paper examines the ways in which sexual desire is culturally mediated among the Lelet of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. The Lelet regulate sexuality heavily through what Foucault refers to as 'prescriptive discourses' which severely constrain expressions of sexuality, especially for women, who are construed as properly lacking sexual desire. While women are readily the object of men's desire, men are not readily the object of women's desire. Despite passionlessness being the ideal for women, men turn to love magic as a means of cultivating sexual desire in them.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)426-442
    JournalAnthropological Forum
    Volume30
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2020

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