Theory

Philosophers, academics, bring forth your analysis!

"Reclaiming Touch" | A Response

Yes Means Yes

Body sovereignty

Body sovereignty covers reproductive rights, required consent, ableism and so many more subtle areas of concern for empowerment.  As a way to test the concept, Troost set out on a mission to only touch people when given permission and to expect the same, and this became very problematic for people when it came to a simple social gesture, the hug.

Expressed Verbal Consent (EVC)

Troost asks the question, 

I'm Going Crazy: The Storm is Inside Out

Combahee River Collective Statement (1977)

Rationalizing makes you crazy

What makes you feel crazy is the effort to rationalize the other's behavior.  Trying to rationalize why someone who loves you treats you badly makes you crazy; trying to rationalize why you love someone who treats you badly makes you crazy.

Making change

Combahee River Collective Statement (1977)

The changing ways of change

Words & Ideas - Dominator or Initiator?

Initiator Toru-nakata

Sticky, sticky, sticky

One of the sticky topics to tackle on this site is the concept of domination and power as applied to our sexual relationships.  Power can be so subjective, and in the realm of sexuality, we're dealing with a vast lair of context.

Sex Wars by EROTIC BODY STATION

Sex Wars Live Demo

"Sex Wars" by EROTIC BODY STATION explores the uncanny similarities in the puritanical sex-negative anti-choice mentality of anti-sex-industry Radical Feminism and the Christian Right. The soundbites feature Gail Dines, Rush Limbaugh, Betty Dodson and vlogger, sex-positive feminist, transwoman and web-cam model AtypicalAeshe.

Love in the Western World by Denis de Rougemont

Love in the Western World, Denis de Rougemont

"[A]ll European poetry has come out of the Provencal poetry written in the twelfth century by the troubadours of Languedoc [...]. Let us grant that the language of passion was derived from a courtly literature, itself produced in the atmosphere of a certain heresy." (Pg 78 & 173)

The History of Sexuality, Vol 3 | The Care of the Self by Michel Foucault

The History of Sexuality, Vol 3 | The Care of the Self by Michel Foucault

The "art of oneirocriticism" is the method of studying dreams as an oracle, to "decipher the signs that foretell the future" (Pg 14, 7). Dreams in general were considered important messages that the average person in antiquity would use to view their waking state in a new light and through analysis to prepare themselves for impending events.

The History of Sexuality, Vol 2 | The Use of Pleasure by Michel Foucault

Foucault Vol 2 Use of Pleasure

Again, Foucault can be a difficult read, although I've found that if you're willing to bull through the parts that would put you to sleep if you were to force yourself to fully understand each and every sentence, you can still get a huge amount from it without that effort, and just force it to be a smooth read.

The History of Sexuality | An Introduction | Volume I, Michel Foucault

History of Sexuality Vol I

Basically Foucault says that culturally many of us think that 'the powers that be' are repressing and suppressing our sexuality, and that it is our job to 'free' ourselves from the bondage of prudish institutions, laws and governments and experience our true selves through our sex. Then he says this is bunk. If you think this, you've been snookered.

Erotic Sculpture of India: Sex and Religion

Erotic Sculpture of India

What is erotic art?

Erotic art is expressive of sexual love and includes heterosexual, homosexual, auto-erotic, group, bestial and non-human expressions. In India, erotic art is especially significant because of its association with religious art, specifically, temple art. The three major religions of India - Hindu, Buddhism and Jaina - all incorporated erotic art into their temple designs. No matter the sect, religion or region, amorous couples were ubiquitous.