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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Venusian power may tame the excesses of Mars

As mentioned yesterday at Barque: Thomas Moore’s Work under the headline, "Transform puritan veneer into erotic sheen", Thomas Moore posts "Not Enough Sex" with The Huffington Post. A reader asks Moore to recommend further readings for her research and writing interest "about how making peace and having a mature relationship with our sexuality will make us into better leaders..." Moore responds:
"...One approach is in my book Dark Eros, based on a positive, mythopoetic reading of the Marquis de Sade. I give a lecture on Venus and Mars, mythological figures, and refer to Botticelli's painting by that name that I think holds the secret, or one secret, to violence. Giving her realm more place and power helps tame the excesses of Mars (aggression, violence, etc). There is more in James Hillman's book A Terrible Love of War and a tiny bit in René Girard's Violence and the Sacred..."

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