RELG 271 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Paraphilia, Virtual Sex, Naturism

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RELG 271
Lecture 7 — Feb 3
Scientia Sexualis has become our Ars Erotica
-We live in a society of experts who can speak of many things — but those who are very
disabled and unable to experience sexual pleasure (sexually deprived), they are unable to
speak up
-Sex addiction is a social issue
-Sex deprivation is a personal issue
Foucault vs. Freud
-Foucault: echoes Freud’s observation that human sexuality is naturally
‘polymorphous’ (before society forces it to follow the same rules
-Both authors argue that human sexuality is not naturally ‘perverse’, it is society that
manufactures sexual perversion
-In our society we have many ways of examining and displaying sexuality — but are not
comfortable doing it
-Society perversely enjoys this: people treat each other in personal and romantic
relationships (doctor and the patient, patient and psychiatrist)
-Humans are not allowed to enjoy sexual pleasure, but rather are forced to talk about it and
study it, but cannot just enjoy it
Modern sexuality beyond Freud and Foucault…
Sexual Liberation
What does it mean to be sexually “liberated”?
During the Victorian Period, women were expected to cover up
-Argue against Foucault: looking back at Freud’s times, this enforced modesty was real
-People had their skirts measured to deem some too short
-Limiting personal expression through which people were and were not allowed to show
some of their bodies
Women’s and LGBT Rights — the pill liberated women
Divorce Laws and Same Sex Marriage — liberated people as they were not forever bound to
someone
-Untrue to swear to be with someone forever “till death do we part”
Sexual Revolution
-During the first sexual revolution (French Revolution) — many actions carried out were much
more radical than what is happening now
-Today we reject nudest colonies — but during the 19th century, this was accepted and
considered normal
-Part of a bizarre idea that this was about mental and physical health (nudism)
-1920s Soviet Sexual Revolution: wanted to create a communist society with no traditional
values — no traditional Christian or capitol ideas that you “own someone”
21st Century is politically Liberal, but conservative in sexual behaviour — it seems we have
gone back in time
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Olympia by Edouard Maner (1863)
-Broke the rules of what painting was supposed to be like = caused controversy
-Wasn’t commented on for it’s nudity or sexual address
David Bowie — THe Man Who Sold The World
-Controversal as it was a man wearing a dress, but was not sexual by any means
-Compared to the pornographic images at the time, the statement made people
uncomfortable
Complexity of Modern Culture
-Modern sexuality is the product of at least several discourses with very different aims
-Moral interests often clash with commercial exploitation of sex and political rights movements
-Western mind and body remains permeated by Judeo-Christian logic, even if many people
assume they’ve divorced it
-The Judeo-Christian tradition still runs society, regardless of whether one believes in it or
not
-Western Canada is deeply rooted in these traditions
-All of our ideas and language of sexuality has come from these religions — the Biblical
language and commandments have contributed to our basic understanding of sexuality
Modern Contradictions
-We continue to pretend that sex is a “private” experience, when most of it is in fact social
-We claim we are comfortable with sexuality, but basic sex education has hardly progressed
since the 1960s
-Apart from a few medical facts, we mostly learn about sex from the advertisers and
entertainers
-Children and teens learn about sex from popular culture and porn — there is no escape
from this
-When people protect themselves from this, how are we protecting ourselves and why
-Our society is both ignorant and prudish
Sex Res Publica — sex is everything and it sells things better than it would, had it not made a
sexual reference
-Sex in advertising
-Sex in cinema
-Sex in music videos
-The pornography industry
-“Striptease culture”
-Virtual sex
-Sex therapy
-Tinder and the hook-up culture
Modern Contraditions: We still naively assume that the elimination of censorship equals
freedom of expression. But what if you are forced to express yourself?
-What if you don’t want to express yourself?
-People who spend their lives trying to become successful in their industry are out of control
of being forced to be sexy
-Censorship can be both productive and creative — but we must rethink this
Flexibility of Human Desire
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