27 May 2009

How To Legitimately Talk About Sex

We're rounding out a three day adventure to the gayest place on earth so my apologies if I've been delayed in writing a blog recently. Yet, this sublimation of a homosexual panic that 500,000,000 people have visited, reminds me of another issue currently in the news.

The whole Kho-Halili tragi-comedy. If you have ever read Michel Foucault's History of Sexuality, vol 1. (and I recommend you suffer the nosebleed and read it), you learn that in the 19th century, there wasn't a general repression of sexuality but the opposite, an explosion.

While unbounded sexuality and its presence in daily life of earlier times ended, there was an explosion of bounded sexuality. Instead of a Marquis de Sade writing about polymorphous perversions of every variety in a celebratory tone, we had "doctors" writing about polymorphous perversions of every variety in a condemnatory tone.

19th century Europe found a peculiar way to fixate on sex -- talk about it in a scientific or legal manner. Yet, the net effect remains the same: talking and talking about sex. Sex, sex, sex.

I am somewhat amused by the fact Congress, senators, the NBI, Malacañang, the PDEA, the CBCP, etc., are fixated on every aspect of the so-called "sex scandal." Yet, the only scandal regarding sex is their fixation. Until this constant focus on the video, no one really cared. Now, the newspapers are overflowing with Senators and investigators fixation on the production, distribution, etc., of a sex video. They can't talk about their own needs for sex videos so they talk about other people's sex videos but in the appropriate discourse (Edu speaks of it in terms of the Optical Media Board, Zubiri in terms of legislative inquiry).

I'm so over it people. This is really just tsismosis at its extreme. Get laid and let's move on to some of the real problems facing the country like poverty and economic development.

4 comments:

  1. "Get laid and let's move on to some of the real problems facing the country like poverty and economic development. "

    hear, hear!!! :D

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  2. off the topic, pero finally may nabasa na ako sa mga pinopost mo. si michel foucalt! yipee

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  3. wow, you really whip out references with such easy verve. i suspect you will enjoy reading marisha pessl's "special topics in calamity physics." if you haven't yet. :)

    on voyeurism. it's quite fun watching people undressed in front of the camera. but it's a lot more fun watching people watch people undressed in front of the camera. lol.

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  4. i wanted to watch the videos and i watched. now i'm over it. satisfied my curiousity.

    love,
    nobe

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