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Such a lovely day/hike in Hacklebarney & then the Long Valley brewery.
— Warsan Shire, “In Preparation for War”
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René Magritte, Les deux mystères (Ceci n’est pas une pipe), 1966
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Robert Lax, Poems (1962-1997)
You are horrified at our intending to do away with private property. But in your existing society, private property is already done away with for nine-tenths of the population; its existence for the few is solely due to its non-existence in the hands of those nine-tenths. You reproach us, therefore, with intending to do away with a form of property, the necessary condition for whose existence is the non-existence of any property for the immense majority of society.
In one word, you reproach us with intending to do away with your property. Precisely so; that is just what we intend.”
— Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto
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— Josha Foa Dienstag, Pessimism: Philosophy, Spirit, Ethic
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My claim is that cinema is the representation of an act, and oftentimes presented in such a way that it critiques instead of perpetuates the very actions rendered. Degradation is not present in film – it is suggested. The actor’s bodies are not actually subjected to violence – the violence is implied. And while these portrayals do go on to affect the world in a very real way, this can often be in ways which do more help than harm, which critique rather than condone.
It is important to note that pornography, while also a visual form of representation, differs because it uses real bodies to portray fantasy. Pornography is not fantasy, but very much a part of the material world; the actions shown in porn are done to and upon real bodies. This is often ignored when we view porn, given we approach it with the same sense of suspended disbelief we employ with films and novels — which means that we temporarily remove our empathy and see the bodies as objects rather than subjects.
This is the same with consensual s/m, and I would question first the notion of consent, given we live in a society which overdetermines this very choice for us. It is no coincidence that if you search on any site, the vast majority of s/m pictures and videos feature submissive women and dominant men. This is indicative of a violent and unequal culture, and while presented by the pro-sex community as “progressive” and “alternative,” is in fact the very opposite. When our “choices” so cleanly align with traditional, heteronormative gender roles and mainstrean ideologies (even if inverted in non-hetero relationships) we must first question if we have made a choice at all.
Side note: I in no way condone shaming the people who practice s/m. It is the institutions which make these practices possible that we must attack.
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Lines after holding a river-stone to your chest
I wonder which philosophy texts you are reading that seem so dry. Remember, even Derrida had patience — infinite patience — with Plato.
The texts that reaffirm our ideology and offer no trangressions (what Barthes calls readerly texts) are interesting too, for a specific purpose: they show us the most about ourselves, our metaphysical leaps and myths, and thus are always open to a vast dissemination.
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"Logocentrism" is not the privileging of speech over writing. It is the idolatry of writing above its own expression in language. It is the removal of language from its deployment as speech, as phenomenological encounter in the world. The destruction of the subject is not the liberation of writing from speech by opening a multiplicity of interpretation; it is the masking of language’s function as always subjective, as always containing the subjective moment of deployment despite its irreducibility to subjective force.
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Audre Lorde, A Burst of Light: Essays
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Mold, flower, doorframe.
— Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther
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