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    The Fantasy of Liberation




    The attitude of the sexual revolution – that apart from consent, there are no rules governing sexual behaviour – lifted the constraints on the libido. This gave permission for sex to be divorced from intimacy, a process that has reached its zenith in recent years.

    We are now beginning to understand that free love exacts heavy price, one unwittingly exposed by author and libertarian, Catherine Millet. The publisher describers her best selling memoir, The Sexual Life of Catherine M., as a “manifesto of our times – when the sexual equality of women is a reality and where love and sex have gone their own separate ways.”

    Is this not what men, in their raw state, have always wanted, to separate copulation from intimacy? Is not every counsellor’s room witness to a stream of torn relationships in which she wants more intimacy and he wants more penetration?

    In the world of Catherine Millet, women have entered the universe of sex constructed by men – primordial, unsocialised men driven by their ids – in which all finer feelings frown in a sea of testosterone. One begins to suspect that the sexual taboos of the past served not so much to oppress women but to protect them from the predatory urges of the unleashed male libido.

    This is the new “democracy of pleasure’, in the words of Ovidie, the French porn star and author who describes herself as a feminist, artist and philosopher. Ovidie starred in the mainstream film The Pornographer, of which one critic said, “No film in the history of cinema had portrayed oral sex with such a superb sense of existential weariness and melancholy.” The subtext of all porn is boredom, the mechanization of sex stripped of its excitement and mystery, reduced to what one person does to another – or, more commonly, what he does to her. Sex in porn is not the exploration of one with another; it is an act of relief, like defecation (indeed, on some internet sites the two are combined).
    "There are four lights!"

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    Interesting article - or rather an interesting start to an article.

    Women have been largely losers in the sexual revolution but they have been it's most prominent propagandists for the past 30 years. I think that sometime in the early 80s men who wanted to convince women to take their clothes off sat down, popped the cap off a brew, and congratulated themselves on a job well done. The girls were taking it from there.

    Now, everything is hypersexualized. Just like it was 5,000 years ago.

    See this monograph by Prager for another take on sexual winners and losers. Don't get distracted by the analysis of homosexuality. It's really about ordinary male sexuality and its impact on women.
    "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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