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The article entitled Sexual Perversion written by Thomas Nagel attempts to give insight on issue of perversion Nagel not only explains what is perverted but why certain things are perverted as well The article uses strong evidence to help the author convey his points However Nagel does use the words could and may quite often in his article as to let the reader draw his own conclusion Thomas Nagels view though somewhat open-ended offers both specific cases and a broad analysis of perversion which are both evaluative and amoral Before Nagel attempts to define perversion itself he explains his model for the basic framework of any full-fledged sexual relation 45 He uses what he calls an artificial case of desire at a distance Here is a concise explanation of Nagels model The two subjects Romeo and Juliet are each sitting at opposite ends of a room which contains many mirrors which allow for unnoticed observation Romeo then observes Juliet which causes him to desire her and thus arouses him Juliet notices Romeo observing her and becomes aroused herself However Juliet is not aroused by the mere sight of Romeo She becomes aroused because she is now aware that Romeo is aroused because of her This is just the basic structure of his model stating Ordinarilythings happen in less orderly fashion--sometimes in a great rush 45 Sexual desire to Nagel is not merely the perception of the desired object but an awareness of oneself The experience of perceiving the desired object overtakes ones body as the feeling of arousal increases When Romeo first notices Juliet his arousal is at first unknown to Juliet It is not until he notices Juliet sensing him that he first sees his own arousal in the reactions of another Nagel states that sexual arousal may begin first with the sense that he is being noticed by another and the arousal comes from the realization that he is being assailed by the
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