arouse desire

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Sexualized acrobatics performed by contortionists and trapeze artists arouse desire and repulsion, anxiety and heart-stopping fear in the audience.
Many unforgettable dishes from childhood arouse desire, warmth, and confidence."
In acknowledging the fascination which ideas of monstrosity hold, and telling a bold tale, Asma succeeds in discussing the ways in which monsters arouse desire and repulsion at different cultural moments without lapsing into either the constrained analysis or the thoughtless sensationalism that can sometimes attend such accounts.
But can food and drink alone really arouse desire? We spoke to nutritionist Dr Gillian McKeith to help us separate fact from fantasy.
In other words, she is not Venus, but a mortal body in which a certain natural property of living things--the ability to arouse desire, to generate and to nurture, a property to which poets and superstitious people had given the name "Venus"--has manifested itself.
Toporowicz is not implying that all these images are the same but demonstrates, on the contrary, that their differences are easily elided by both modern technology and the power of women's body parts to arouse desire. And of course, this sort of commodity-based fetishization works, indeed is highly effective.
In the 1930s it was thought that men needed steaks to arouse desire and keep up their stamina, so what better way than a Chateaubriand with truffle jus.
It is a poem that has become as integral to our way of looking at things as Wallace Stevens's "The Snow Man": The Stone is a perfect creature equal to itself mindful of its limits filled exactly with a pebbly meaning with a scent which does not remind one of anything does not frighten anything away does not arouse desire its ardour and coldness are just and full of dignity I feel a heavy remorse when I hold it in my hand and its noble body is permeated by false warmth --Pebbles cannot be tamed to the end they will look at us with a calm and very clear eye ("The Stone")
Glossy, smooth, and enlarged to more effectively arouse desire, the objects shown in magazines are deployed here to emphasize the unreal, almost metallic quality that photography and printing have conferred on them.