Burlesque - or - Strip Tease

Dreamer: Edith, 22 year-old North American Woman

After I met these guys only once, I dreamt that my friends and I were living in a house with them. My friends had to go to the store and left, and I said that I had to take a bath. They came up with me and told me take off my bra, so I did. Then I undressed and they were watching me take a bath. Then I started to kiss them. It was a sunny day and the bathroom was huge and white, with a skylight and a big bathtub with bubbles that was placed in the middle of the room. Please interpret my dream! Thank you.

Mr. Hagen's Reply: The Green-Eyed Monster or Strip Tease

Enjoying erotic dreams, knowing what turns you on and turns others (men) on, is important when beginning to learn about sexual relationships. As you grow older and search for a partner with whom to commit to a relationship, your dreams will most likely change. The erotic burlesque imagery of your dream is fairly explicit. The associations that appear are:

  • erotic rivalry/jealousy (among friends and acquaintances);
  • clothing/striptease (the undressing);
  • voyeurism (watching you take a bath);
  • exhibitionism, (taking a bath in front of others);
  • sensuality (the kiss);
  • an erotic need to be the narcissistic centre of attention (the tub placed in the middle of the room).

These are all ingredients for erotic dreams, except perhaps the jealousy which is also known as the "green-eyed monster". From a popular film perspective the film Burlesque stars Cher and Christina Aguilera. From a popular music culture perspective there are a number of music videos that might fit the description of your dream. They include Britney Spears I'm a Slave 4 U and Madonna Jusify My Love.

Some popular literature that might be of interest includes:

  • Celeste T. Paul, "Women's Erotic Dreams"
  • Patricia Maybruck, "Romantic Dreams"
  • Luise Eichenbaum and Susie Orbach, "Between Women: Love, envy and competition in women's relationships"
  • Charles Dember, "The Pursuit of Attention"

Hope these thoughts are of help and provide some insight,
Mark H.

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