Neutralizing our Sexuality

The strangeness inherent in such things as co-ed dorms, co-ed bathrooms, co-ed wrestling and even co-ed sleeping bags, is not that such things exist, but that they can exist without sexual connotations. This can only be achieved to the extent that gender has been emptied of its implicit sexuality. In a world where manhood and womanhood have been deconstructed, it should hardly come as a surprise. Whether a woman strips down to a bikini on the grounds that there is nothing sexual about it, or puts on a long dress designed to remove all shape, in both cases her latent sexuality is not being properly acknowledged. In both cases, the subject is unconsciously acting out the unisex presuppositions of our post-Enlightenment culture. In a brothel, women have overcome the natural shyness surrounding erotically important parts of their bodies in order to advertizes sex; on a sunny beach, scores of women can be seen who have overcome this natural shyness with no thought of sex at all. Indeed, by refusing to explicitly acknowledge the erotic implications of minimalistic attire, we are approaching sexual revolutionist William Reich’s ideal of a sexual utopia in which all shyness has been overcome and sexuality itself has been trivialized and flattened of its innate potency. By deconstructing our world (materialism), the Enlightenment couldn’t help but deconstruct gender (androgyny), with the result that our sexuality has been neutralized, stripped of any transcendent categories that might otherwise elevate it above that which is merely common.

The above quotation is part of a larger argument developed here

2 thoughts on “Neutralizing our Sexuality

  1. I note that you do not mention the lack of clothing on male bodies as progressive…thanks for that (not). Yay! Society is getting so comfortable with sexuality that women strip down to practically nothing!! Where is the men in this picture? Oh, that’s right…looking and enjoying the view. Every time I walk on the beach I ask why girls where practically nothing and guys wear long, baggy shorts. Why is there an entire store (Victoria’s Secret) dedicated to female undergarments…and there is no such mainstream equivalent for men? This “sexual utopia in which all shyness has been overcome” is very one-side and therefore, sexist.

  2. I note that you do not mention the lack of clothing on male bodies as progressive…thanks for that (not). Yay! Society is getting so comfortable with sexuality that women strip down to practically nothing!! Where is the men in this picture? Oh, that’s right…looking and enjoying the view. Every time I walk on the beach I ask why girls wear practically nothing and guys wear long, baggy shorts. Why is there an entire store (Victoria’s Secret) dedicated to female undergarments…and there is no such mainstream equivalent for men? This “sexual utopia in which all shyness has been overcome” is very one-side and therefore, sexist.

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