The Anatomy of Disgust
William Miller embarks on an alluring journey into the world of disgust, showing how it brings order and meaning to our lives even as it horrifies and revolts us. Our notion of the self, intimately dependent as it is on our response to the excretions and secretions of our bodies, depends on it. Cultural identities have frequent recourse to its boundary-policing powers. Lo...more
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Disgust rules mark the boundaries of self; the relaxing of them marks privilege, intimacy, duty and caring... involving us in the pleasure that attends the breach of prohibitions.
wine: there are no strong norms that tell us to be loyal to wines nor are we in the habit of getting pleasure out of seducing wine, the very idea being absurd. The pleasure of wine is mostly in the physical pleasure of drinking, tast...more
To whit, my two favorite take-aways:
I've noticed that I seem to have a much different concept of what is disgusting than that of my peers (nobody wants to look at the pictures of my recently excised tumor, for exam...more
I'm glad he errs on the side of prudishness. You won't find this a shocking or prurient book. It is an intellectual piece. There is a lot of quoting and referring to Freud, who spent an uncomfortably weird amount of his life thinking about the subject. Both he and Mi...more