chapter  3
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Love Is Tender

A Critical Approach to Pansexualism
ByJulie Reshe

This chapter provides an alternative perspective of materiality of human love to challenge the dominance of pansexualism. Interestingly, a starting point for such an analytical blueprint can be found in Freud's early thinking, which contradicts central aspects of his general theoretical position and carries the potential of overcoming pansexualism. John Bowlby draws on scientific research in neurobiology and cybernetics to venture a complete revision of Freud's theory of a child development. One of the major lines of his thinking reverts to Freud's early theory of tenderness, by means of which he rejects the dominance of pansexualism in traditional psychoanalysis and redefines the nature of the mother-child relationship. Freud initially distinguished two basic human types of drives: self-preservative and sexual, associating them with two 'currents' of love, tender and sensual. To recapitulate, in Freud's theory tenderness is reduced to deviated sexuality, since his thinking followed pansexualistic logic that posits sexual drive as the essence of human being.