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This chapter focuses on impotent men’s social relationships in two specific contexts: with natal families and with women. The phenomenon of “imagined impotence,” in which men who had little sexual experience with women considered themselves impotent, is examined, suggesting that the intervention of a father in a son’s romance and marriage had a negative impact on the son’s potency. A number of cases show a wide range of women’s feelings, attitudes, and coping strategies when living with impotent men. Special attention is paid to bodily details of consequence to sexual intercorporeality that add up to big changes in the subjectivity...

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