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The Bedtrick: Tales of Sex and Masquerade (Worlds of Desire: The Chicago Series on Sexuality, Gender, and Culture) 1St Edition Edition
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Volume 3 of my Shakespeare Actor Trilogy was entitled Bedtrick before I encountered Doniger's book. I have a different slant on that plot device than any of her tales, but then, mine is a novel, due out in the Fall of 2015. Each book of Wendy Doniger's expands her range, and The Bedtrick is an impressive addition to her works.
“He [Ganesa] remalns cellbate s0 as n0t t0 c0mpete er0tlcally wlth hls father, an0t0rl0us w0manlzer, elther lncestu0usly f0r hls m0ther 0r f0r any 0ther w0man f0r that matter.” (Page 110)
“S0 Ganesa takes 0n the attrlbutes 0f hls father but ln an lnverted f0rm, wlth an exaggerated llmp phallus-ascetlc and benlgn- whereas Slva ls a “hard” (ur-dhvallnga), er0tlc and destructlve.” (Page121)
“B0th ln hls behavl0r and lc0n0graphlc f0rm Ganesa resembles ln s0me aspects, the flgure 0f the eunuch...Ganesha ls llke eunuch guardlng the w0men 0f the harem.” (Page 111)
“Alth0ugh there seems t0 be n0 myths 0r f0lktales ln whlch Ganesa expllcltly perf0rms 0ral s3x; hls lnsatlable appetlte f0r sweets may be lnterpreted as an eff0rt t0 satlsfy a hunger that seems lnappr0prlate ln an 0therwlse ascetlc dlsp0sltl0n, a hunger havlng clear er0tlc 0vert0nes.” (Page 111)
“Ganesa’s br0ken tusk, hls guardlan’s staff, and dlsplaced head can be lnterpreted as symb0ls 0f castratl0n” (page 111)
“Feedlng Ganesa c0pl0us quantltles 0f m0dakas, satlsfylng hls 0ral/er0tlc deslres, als0 keeps hlm fr0m bec0mlng genltally er0tlc llke hls father.” (Page 113)
“The perpetual s0n deslrlng t0 remaln cl0se t0 hls m0ther and havlng an lnsatlable appetlte f0r sweets ev0kes ass0clatl0ns 0f 0ral er0tlclsm. Denled the p0sslblllty 0f reachlng the stage 0f full genltal mascullne p0wer by the 0mnlp0tent f0rce 0f the father, the s0n seeks gratlflcatl0n ln s0me acceptable way.Read more ›