Sade argues for the interrelationship between sexual and political freedom. How does Philosophy in the Boudoir engage with or dramatise this argument? Do you think it is correct? Argument continues today regarding the Marquis de Sade and the ambiguous representation of his works. For many, his material is judged as what some feminists would define as a “form of violence against women”, whose representations “eroticize male domination”, (Robin Ann Sheets, “Pornography, Fairytales and Feminism” 635), but for many readers of Sade’s work, once they see through the ‘smut’ and the erotica, there is often found by the reader an underlying message which is sometimes seen as radical, or one which was not elaborated further until many years later.
The Puritans and Sex The Puritans and Sex provides an insight on the misunderstood life of the Puritans and their lust for sex. Written by Edmund S. Morgan, the article goes in-depth on how the Puritans could not contain their sexual desires and the ways they tried to stop themselves from divulging deeper into the sinfulness pleasures they were taking part in. The Puritans and Sex gives an interesting account on an unknown side of the Puritans, the article was a good selection based on the new information provided about a group largely regarded as to being the opposite of fun. The Puritans did abstain from many normal pleasures but something they could not hold back is their desire for sex. This caused the Puritans to encourage sex as long as it was between a man and his wife and that it does not interfere with religion.
Iago from Shakespeare’s play Othello is also a power hungry villain who enjoys having people under his control, he is driven by extreme jealousy and the motivation, revenge. In order to accomplish these goals he manipulates his subjects in deceiving ways by utilizing their weaknesses against them. This differs from the Duke in “My last Duchess” by Robert Browning as the duke does not manipulate people in any way. Both Iago and the duke are driven by extreme jealousy to the villainous actions that they take. All three villains may differ in many ways, yet it seems they share a common urge for power, control and a use of sadistic measures.
Being a man there are some stereotypes that seem to go on throughout this play. Romeo shows some of the more popular stereotypes of our day. He shows that men have to be quick to fall in love. In the play Romeo and Juliet Romeo says “ O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright” ,meaning that she is so attractive that she ignites the fire of his passion. Romeo said this after he looked at Juliet for the first time.
The desire for pleasure trumped the desire to make sound sexual decisions. The ability to make moral sexual decisions was undermined by the thrill of sexual experiences. Fortunately, this course has helped alter my value system related to sexuality. I, now, better identify with rationalism values. In fact, I use rationalism in every aspect of my life.
Carlos Ayala Topic: In Kiss of the Spider Woman, setting functions as the third character. Analyze the effects of the play’s setting on the relationship of Molina and Valentin, as well as the dual themes of sexual and political oppression. In Kiss of the Spider Woman, author Manuel Puig introduces controversial concepts of homosexuality and political revolution in Argentina. Puig uses two men characters to convey the complicated relationship between two prisoners but also to illustrate the existence of both traditional and revolutionary ideology in sexual relationships between men. Molina, a homosexual window dresser, seems to represent the revolution in sexuality by his sexual preference towards men while Valentin seems to uphold the traditional role of heterosexuality through his sexual preference for women.
Once individuals care only about themselves, then eroticism become a restless desire for pleasure. This is because there is a disconnect from the desire to have a lasting, intense, and intimate bond with someone else. I would have to agree with Ricoeur’s analysis here; he is laying out the idea that when eroticism is hand cuffed with other aspects of a healthy relationship it can become a sensual component of sexuality, as long as it is not the dominant force in the relationship. When eroticism is the main goal of an individual “an egoistic cultivation of pleasure wins over mutual exchange.” (pp.207) I believe this is a major reason for our divorce rate in America. People are more concerned with their own pleasures and therefore succumb to the egoistic cultivation of eroticism.
Brandon is a secretive man – bounded as such by the shame that haunts him – feeling volatile for the first time in his life. Or is it the first time? Shame’s obscurity is the thing that people are going to be most challenged by. Not that that’s wholly bad — people love to be given an incomplete picture and told to imagine the rest of it, especially when the film being watched is as fundamentally and artistically interesting as this film is, or the performance on-screen as endlessly fascinating as Fassbender’s Brandon. Shame is about sex addiction and tells the story of one man’s internal battle where virtuosity and goodness are at war with the despotic darkness which controls and always has controlled him.
Through her viewpoints, Bartky emphasizes the understanding of epistemic risk as the interpretation of the woman making her male companion the center of everything, and therefore risking the loss of herself as and individual. This all demonstrates how the male role in Sex and the City depicts a true image of the dominance of men in romantic relationships according to Bartky’s “Feeding Egos and Tending Wounds.” In Sex and the City’s episode 54, “Time and Punishment,” the key issue is Carrie’s infidelity to Aiden, her boyfriend, with her ex-boyfriend, Big. The conflict between Carrie and Aiden arises after she receives a message on her answering machine from Big while lying in the bed with Aiden. From that point on Carrie’s relationship with Aiden takes a downward spiral. (Look up quote in book on pg.
One famous play Wilde wrote was The Importance of Being Earnest which is a widely known play for its sarcastic plot of Victorian life. The play is about two seemingly good willed friends who have an addiction to what they describe as “bunbury”, which is treated almost similarly to a sport. The two men, Algernon and Jack, go through a series of lies, or bunburying, by fabricating fake lives to their family and friends to live a double life. Incidentally, they both meet women who wishes to marry each of the two men, but their bunburying has cause complications in their chances for a successful marriage. The rest of the play is humorous in all and highly advised for readers to also explore to fully visualize Wilde’s interpretation of the Victorian era.