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In human thermodynamics, sexual heat refers to the heat release, absorbed, or transferred in the chemical reaction processes surrounding the act of sexual intercourse between two human molecules or to the heat associated with one's sexuality. One contextual example sexual heat, or the heat of sex, is discussed by author Joseph Conte in his chapter on the use of information theory in American author Don DeLillo’s 1985 White Noise, in which Conte cites the following passage from the beginning of the novel in which Murray Siskin, a New York emigrant, is sais to “postulate an equation between cities and thermodynamic entropy”: [1]

Heat. This is what cities mean to me. You get off the train and walk out of the station and you are hit with the full blast. The heat of air, traffic and people. The heat of food and sex. The heat of tall buildings. The heat that floats out of the subways and the tunnels. It’s always fifteen degrees hotter in the cities. Heat rises from the sidewalk and falls from the poisoned sky. The buses breathe heat. Heat emanates from crowds of shoppers and office workers. The entire infrastructure is based on heat, desperately uses up heat, breeds more heat. The eventual heat death of the universe that scientists love to talk about is already well underway and you can feel it happening all around you in any large or medium-sized city. Heat and wetness.”

Conte goes on to argue that Siskind “conceptualizes the city in thermodynamic terms as an engine,” which as it “performs work, dissipates energy in the form of heat.” The concept of sexual heat is thus argues to be bound up in the operation of the heat engine structure of the city.

1. Conte, Joseph M. (2002). Design and Debris: A Chaotics of Postmodern American Fiction (pg. 134). University of Alabama Press.

See also
Sexual chemistry
Social heat
Animal heat
In heat
Sexual temperature
Sexual thermometer

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