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Female Sexuality

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For the women writers shifting the thematic locus beyond women's domestic oppression to the female body was less about wanting to shock their readership, and more about contesting the issue of who 'owns' and controls women's bodies. The woman's acceptance of her position as a docile object of consumption regardless of her own emotional or physical fulfilment reveals her inability to think beyond the position of an object of male sexual desire. The narrative thus exposes the modern myth of 'liberated female sexuality' which is often presented as an action taken on sexual desire. In 'A Butterfly in the Dust', Ŭn demonstrates how in the Korean cultural context, female sexuality, by virtue of its passivity, is also seen as a potentially fearsome vacuum of male sexual energies. In fact, the physical sexual acts never appear as a source of pleasure for the female protagonists.

Keywords: female body; female sexuality; Korean cultural context; male sexual desire



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