Pornography has a distinct literary and iconographic history: it is the antithesis of Christian “civilization” in its anarchic equation of humanism with individual sexual self-expression. As it reveals a humanist truth inherently threatening to Christianity (that which persists in political power under the rhetorical and hypocritical “family values”) Christianity must suppress it in order to validate Theist absolutism. Hence, influence by Western civilization’s adoption of Patriarchal Christianity in particular, “pornography” was heavily coded by a repulsive Patriarchal gender socialization in which Biblical Law necessitating the subordination of women to men. Christianity institutionalized and validated rape.
Pornography, shorn of the feminist and Christian “definitions” it had been saddled with, epitomized true moral relativism in the absence of Theist absolutist proscriptions on acceptable sexual conduct: at its essence, pornography represented human sexuality as humanist exploration and defiant self-assertion against Jesus Christ and God, a bizarre confluence of what Foucault in The History of Sexuality delineated as the “scientia sexualis” and a heretical “ars erotica”. Inherently a form of speech thus, and a resoundingly complex one at that, it too therefore was, to me, worthy of consideration as post-modern “construct”.
The Comedies of Despair
Publication date: 06.02.2019
Stand-Up Comedy in the Abyss
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