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October 23, 2007

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

The curators of the Barbican's new exhibition -- a history of how sex has been represented in art -- definitely want audiences to find the show arousing. More, more, more, more, more....

Semi-related: Gotta love the nickname of Seattle's new trolley line. Fun video report too. (Link thanks to Daze Reader.) Alias Clio flirts with open marriage.



posted by Michael at October 23, 2007


We all want both sides of sexuality: the love, relationship side and the play, lust side. Trouble is, we usually aren't as liberal for our partners as we are for ourselves.

Cruises and Las Vegas vacations have become increasingly popular, and part of the reason is that couples can indulge that play, lust side without the folks back home catching on.

Porn is also playing a huge role in transforming people's attitudes and behaviors... although nobody will admit it. Porn is the most lucrative entertainment industry, but you'll almost never meet a person who admits watching it.

While on cruise, I met a man who left the priesthood to get married. It's a funny story that I'll tell one day on my blog. Since I am a cafeteria Catholic, I spend a lot of time ruminating on how the Church is dealing with the explosive changes in sexual attitudes and behaviors. Not very well, I'm afraid.

I'll be the first to admit that I watch porn. My favorite all-time: "The Devil in Miss Jones: A New Beginning." Catholic girl gets jilted on her wedding day. Goes to the singles bar to get picked up. Meets a guy who was also jilted on his wedding day. They go back to her place. He gives her one over enthusiastic bang while they're doing it doggy style and she cracks her noggin on the headboard.

She dies and goes straight to hell. And, she learns to like it.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on October 23, 2007 11:35 PM

'This is a serious, art-historical exhibition, which is why even potentially controversial material - such as certain photographs by Goldin showing nude children as part of her sometimes explicit work Heartbeat - is, according to the curators, acceptable.'

Who knew that those finger-wagging nannies at the Guardian could be so tolerant?

Posted by: Robert Townshend on October 23, 2007 11:41 PM

SLUT - how wonderful!

I heard a short piece on NPR a few days ago that talked about how the three letter designator (like LAX or SBA or DIA) for the Sioux City airport was SUX. They tried for years to change it and could not come up with anything else that worked, so they embraced SUX. Apparently they are selling t-shirts in the airport that say "Fly SUX!"

Posted by: Reid Farmer on October 24, 2007 12:40 AM

Does explicit sex retain its charge?

Something for both the curators of the Corcoran Gallery exhibit and the promoters of open marriage to consider.

Posted by: ricpic on October 24, 2007 12:49 AM

Hey, ricpic, I hope that doesn't mean that you think my post was a defense of open marriage. Really, it wasn't. I just wanted to speculate about some of the forms it has taken, what people want to get out of it, and the difficulties it creates.

Posted by: alias clio on October 24, 2007 9:51 AM

alias clio,

Sorry about this late reply. I didn't mean to imply that your post is a defense of open marriage. It clearly isn't. My problem with open marriage is the same problem I have with all the calls for authenticity and frankness in human arrangements. Hopelessly naive. There's a great deal to be said for misrepresentation. It's a kind of lubricant without which feelings, including the most important feeling of all, amour propre, can be rubbed raw.

Posted by: ricpic on October 26, 2007 12:48 AM


Good. I didn't really think you believed that about my post, but wasn't sure. The issue of pseudo-frankness is a curious one, isn't it? Every experiment in - what should I call it? - telling all? - that I've ever read about has led to elaborate forms of subterfuge and self-deception by those who practise it. As I said, though, I think it's the outsiders, the third parties, who are most likely to be ruined by stepping into the trap known as "open marriage" to have an affair with one of the spouses.

Posted by: alias clio on October 26, 2007 7:23 PM

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