The Argonauts - Part 7, pages 83 - 95 Summary & Analysis

Maggie Nelson
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This section begins its exploration of the effect of pregnancy and childbirth on the author’s body with a discussion of how pregnancy affects the passing of feces (i.e. the fact that the uterus presses on the lower intestine, causing difficulty in sustaining successful bowel movements). This leads to commentary on anal eroticism – specifically, the author’s contention (utilizing the writing of other authors as evidence) that female anal eroticism has never received much positive attention, when attention has been paid at all, in spite of the anus being one of the most enervated (i.e. connected to nerve endings) parts of the body. This discussion, in turn, leads to the author’s discussion (while addressing Harry, again as “you”) of how her sexual desire changed and in some ways weakened as a result of pregnancy while Harry’s, in the...

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