With regard to Thomas Cahill's review of "Images of Lust" (The Book Review, March 15): Sheelas--images of lust? Candidates for a Hustler centerfold? The figures show women about to give birth in the squatting position universally favored by primitive cultures. Their faces reflect pain and concentration--not terror and death. Labor contractions pull the skin tightly over their rib bones as they gasp for breath. And their hands--eager to grasp an emerging infant--part the labia, as the climactic moment nears.
What's obscene about childbirth?
Methinks the authors kissed the Blarney Stone in order to pad their meaningless study of obscure erotica.