Funeral Rites by Jean Genet

By Jean Genet

Genet's sensual and brutal portrait of worldwide battle II unfolds among the poles of his grief for his lover Jean, killed within the Resistance throughout the liberation of Paris, and his perverse allure to the collaborator Riton. Elegaic, macabre, chimerical, Funeral Rites is a gloomy meditation at the reflect pictures of affection and hate, intercourse and demise.

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That is, Joyce may experience sexual desire and attempt to initiate sexual intercourse with John but be rejected by him on the grounds that he is suffering from a headache. Alternately, Joyce may not experience sexual desire and therefore neither initiate nor engage in sexual intercourse with John. In both cases, sexual intercourse does not occur, and a researcher using this behavioral indicant would conclude that Joyce had not experienced sexual desire, was not interested in sex, or had a low sex drive-although in the first scenario, she did in fact experience sexual desire.

Women experience greater variations in circulating hormone levels during their lifetimes than do most men, and for this reason, women make ideal participants for researchers interested in the relationship between hormones and sexual desire. , and menopause--are reliably associated with rhythms, peaks, or changes in sexual desire. The Menstrual Cycle Most women menstruate and therefore experience rhythmic fluctuations in the primary sex hormones. One complete menstrual cycle generally ranges from 21 to 35 days in length, although the majority of women menstruate at approximately 28-day intervals (for a review of measurement techniques and phases of the menstrual cycle,see Regan, 1996a).

I felt that sleeping with this particular person and sharing an intimate moment with him would be a good way to make him attracted to me and to want to go out with me. I wanted to feel loved. [female, age 20] Having sex is enjoyable and I was attracted to this person. Though on some social level, my friends expect and encourage this kind of behavior. Having sex with someone, especially if she's cute, gives you something to brag about and makes you more popular. It increases your self-confidence.

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