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The Bonds of Love: Rational Violence and Erotic Domination
Author(s): Jessica Benjamin

In light of the early relationship between child and mother in which contradiction is first experienced, I shall address three issues. The first issue is how the issues of separation and recognition that arise in the course of differentiation reappear in other relationships of domination, especially erotic domination. The second, is how the different ways in which females and males relate to and differentiate from their mother influence the roles they play in such relationships. Finally, the third issue is the way in which the male experience of differentiation is linked to a form of rationality that pervades our culture and is essential to sadomasochism. This last phenomenon is what I call rational violence.

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