Keeping Sex Free From Mother Nature

Camille Paglia argued that “straight men who visit prostitutes are valiantly striving to keep sex free from emotion, duty, family – in other words, from society, religion, and procreative Mother Nature.” I am not sure why the qualifier “straight” should be necessary, surely the gays are even more inimical to Mother Nature; or perhaps that is the point, that straight men need to make an extra effort to defy her.

I would also wonder about the word “valiantly”; in sensible jurisdictions, where laws are made on the basis of political philosophy rather than puritan prejudices and femistalinist fables, there is little courage required; but then, she was not writing in such a jurisdiction.

That said, however, I can relate to the meat of her observation: the notion of a revolt against society, religion and most especially procreation. The last is actually a venerable intellectual tradition. It might be an improvement if we glossed “free from emotion” in terms of freedom from manipulation and fakery; not everyone actually wants their sex free from emotion as such, only from the games-playing and predatory explanation that is generally confused with it. For pleasure is also an emotion, but Paglia was not praising the endeavour to free sex from pleasure, far from it. She was probably thinking not of emotion but of emoting, of endless psychobabble instead of money as the woman’s fee. And indeed, in the world of commercial sex, if you want psychodrama you pay extra for it, rather than having it your partner’s chief reward.

Done in Douala


Posted on March 30, 2010 at 19:22 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: THE NAME OF THE GAME, Name Of The Game, Miscellaneous

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