What is the theme of Susan Minot's story "Lust"?

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Susan Minot's story "Lust" is set in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when young people, especially women, were experimenting with and experiencing more and more personal freedoms. They were rebelling against the conservative, "square" mores of their parents.

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Susan Minot's story "Lust" is set in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when young people, especially women, were experimenting with and experiencing more and more personal freedoms. They were rebelling against the conservative, "square" mores of their parents.

The theme of this story might be expressed as the search for self-awareness. The narrator struggles with how to fit in with her sexually active peers. Another theme might be the different ways males and females approach sexuality. The narrator wants an emotional connection, but the guys she encounters want only physical release. The eNotes study guide notes that

Minot demonstrates the great divide between male and female desire, and the story's title, “Lust,” becomes a key word for exploring the psychological complexities of sexual desire. 

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