The repetition of the word ‘lust’, combined with the sexual associations of Desdemona’s bed, reflects and draws attention to Othello’s preoccupation with sensual matters. Othello even refers to his precious wife as ‘whore’ (III.iii.356), a ‘subtle whore’ (III.ii.20) and a ‘cunning whore’ (IV.ii.88), in a way to appreciate him. Shakespeare actually has indirectly revealed Othello’s fear of Desdemona’s sexuality. Even though Othello seems to be very confident in him and his control over Desdemona, he is actually tentative and afraid that Desdemona will cheat on him, proving his
In “Manet’s Olympia: The Figuration of Scandal,” author Charles Bernheimer argues for a Freudian perspective in which sex is the most important factor influencing public opinion. Manet’s Olympia defied traditional art conventions in depicting the female body. The salon displayed traditional nudes for the pleasure of the, primarily male, viewer. Under the male gaze, the woman’s bare body became an erotic object—an object from which he may craft an erotic fantasy, characterized by male domination. Since the artist painted the traditional nude to visually please the viewer, he positions the body in a primarily frontal view so as to offer the best view.
Anne McClintock wrote her essay “Gonad the Barbarian and the Venus Flytrap: Portraying the female and male orgasm” to examine pornography and how it has changed throughout history and its effects on how women perform as sexual beings. McClintock focuses on the various roles of pornography such as its emphasis on voyeurism, pleasure, and the male ego. She wants her readers to know that women are still not represented in pornography to satisfy their own desires, but they are there to cater to men and their subconscious. I will analyze how McClintock argues that due to the history of sexism towards women, the roles that men and women have in pornography are inherently different because of the societal belief that women are only seen as objects of sexual desire and are solely there to satisfy the male audience.
There is a statistic that gets thrown around a lot regarding how much of human communication is intimately tied to body language. When humans talk about gender and sexuality, speech becomes especially embodied, a performance for others to interpret, internalize, or judge. But if this is true, the speech-action dichotomy falters. Pornography, one of the ways humans communicate about gender and sexuality, is both action and speech. Catharine A. Mackinnon’s article Pornography, Civil Rights, and Speech is arguing for access to legal recourse to those who have been harmed by the pornography industry.
Originally, she only accounts for the binary and traditional sex which is between a man and a woman. But she realizes this isn't good enough. She not only wants her definition to include all couples, but she also wants to show how sex changes people and the relationship they are in. It isn't something to be taken lightly, and always alters the relationship no matter what, either bringing people closer together, or pushing them apart. Lastly the final part she wants to
Kate Millett 's claims go even further in that Miller as the author of the seemingly misogynist Tropic of Cancer was a misogynist himself due to the autobiographicality of the book (cf. Stevenson 65). Unlike Miller 's popular image which renders him a representative of sexual liberation, he was in fact “a compendium of American sexual neuroses,” whose true significance and value, also with regard to literary terms, lied in the fact that he had the “honesty to express and dramatize them” (Millett 295). This, however, seems paradoxic considering that Miller both as an author as well as the narrator of his semiautobiographical books actually did not adhere to the gender roles–e.g. the male role model of a loving and providing father of the family–as stipulated by society, and arguably even advertized the destruction of such socio-sexual ideals
Sex without love is actually an act of loneliness, in which those who partake are seeking pleasure rather than true intimacy. The speaker in Sharon Olds’ poem “Sex Without Love” introduces this idea through several metaphors that help to communicate the irresponsibility and selfishness of sex without love. After the first reading of this poem, it seems as if the text is describing loveless sex with beautiful imagery, however, upon further analysis, it is found that these images are being used to highlight the issues pertaining to those who perform acts of love without actually feeling any love for those they perform these acts with. Through the imagery and metaphors presented, the poem enforces the idea that to have sex with those we don’t love is to deprive ourselves of the true intimacy that is involved in having sex with those that we do love. Olds’ poem begins with a question, “How do they do it?
This is another aspect of duality within the novel, and this duality is bought out by the relationship that Dorian has with Basil and the heterosexual relationship he has with Sibyl. I believe that Wilde 's mixing homosexual and hetrosexual themes depicts a conflict within Dorian regarding his sexuality and it suggests that he may be bisexual and is torn between love with both male and female characters. This pecieved duality is due to the fact that in the Victorian Era, any type of homosexual or bisexual relationships were considered to be seen as excessive intimacy and these types of
Obsessive beauty and commitment to sinful pleasures took place in those times. But due to hypocrisy of the Victorian society, many themes were taboo. This period was considered very conservative and unaccepting of other ideas that were not the norm at that time. In 1890 Oscar Wilde published the first version of « The Picture of Dorian Gray » in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. Unfortunately the story was immediately considered as scandalous due to its references of homosexual desire.
In the short story “Lust”, by Susan Minot, the author argues the differences between male and female sexual fluidity and the objectifications of the female body in a patriarchal system that favors male dominance. The intimate yet disconnected stories of the narrator and her male counterparts emulate a level of misguidance and disturbance between the participants involved. The young men are mentioned and described briefly, with specifications to their behavior and treatment of the narrator. Minot’s expositions reflect many moral and cultural issues that have emerged within mainstream media concerning sexual assault and blatant misogyny towards women. Similarly, in the USATODAY article, “Rose McGowan: It 's time everyone 'shut up and listen”, written by Alia E. Dastagir, the author details the experiences of women who have been sexually objectified and who are presently involved within the #MeToo movement.
. sexual privation induced hysteria, which was desirable because it could be transformed into war-fever and leader-worship” (Orwell 139). Since the act of sex provides no pleasure in a relationship absent of romance or passion, citizens are forced to find pleasure somewhere else. The Party purposely keeps
6 At the same time a large portion of criticism of the castrato was dedicated to his desirability to women, how his infertility allowed a potential female partner to enjoy sex without the possibility of pregnancy; this paper will discuss those more casual conquests and some castrati who married to women despite a papal ban on their doing so. 7 Castrati were desired because of their difference from other men, and acted on desire in spite of it. However, the phenomenon of castrati is a limited one, as Enlightenment sensibilities spawned an obsession with clear categories (sexual dimorphism among them) and the uncovering of ‘Truth’ in ‘natural’ bodies. Enlightened persons could no longer reconcile the “disparities of gender, voice, and body” the castrato demonstrated. 8 By the late eighteenth century, criticism of the castrato was so harsh and commonplace as to force him off the commercial stage, out of the arms of his admirers, and back into chapels where he would fade into obscurity and myth over the next
A male dominated religious belief system grew from the desire to dominate politically. They felt they had a right to restrain and have power over sex. Centuries of sex being a sin has evolved into sex being embarrassing and even to extremes taboo. Religious beliefs are a powerful weapon when it comes to swaying opinions in politics and sex, especially when you are debating about sexuality, and equal rights. This documentary covers all of the sociological theories.