Millett vs. Miller: la patología de la virilidad.

9 enero 2010

Kate Millett se enfrenta en Sexual Politics (1970) a lo que ella llamó “la patología de la virilidad” o “la quimera de concebir el encuentro sexual como un acto de poder de un ser humano sobre otro”. Millett analiza, entre otras, la obra de Henry Miller como ejemplo de esa patología. Es  sorprendente que este escritor siga siendo considerado como carismático autor de culto, cuya mención evoca para muchos inmediatamente la libertad sexual. Quizás su vida de bohemio en París, su relación con Anaïs Nin, su influencia en la Generación Beat y la censura que sufrió su obra en el seno de la América puritana hayan contribuido a convertirlo en paradigma de escritor transgresor. Pero, ¿estaría Henry Miller en el mismo sitio si sus libros estuvieran plagados de anécdotas sobre humillaciones a individuos de raza negra o judía en lugar de su sistemática reducción del sujeto femenino a la categoría de coño sin identidad?

However attractive our current popular image of Henry Miller the liberated man may appear, it is very far from being the truth. Actually, Miller is a compedium of American sexual neuroses, and his value lies not in freeing us from such afflictions, but in having had the honesty to express and dramatize them. (…) What Miller did articulate was the disgust, the contempt, the hostility, the violence and the sense of filth with which our culture, or more specifically, its masculine sensibility, surrounds sexuality. But the major flaw in his oeuvre -too close an identification with the persona, “Henry Miller”- always operates insidiously against the likelihood of persuading us that Miller the man is any wiser than Miller the character.

Kate Millett: Sexual Politics, Virago Press. London, 2008, p. 295.

El caso es que cuando la ofensa tiene lugar en el terreno sexual, todo se diluye en esa maraña de la intimidad de las relaciones humanas, de tal manera que copular con una mujer puede ser relatado como un acto de barbarie,  como un despojamiento de la dignidad de un ser humano sin que ello cuente como algo moralmente intolerable. Esto no es una cosa del pasado que ya ha sido superada con la revolución sexual; pensemos si no en los millones de hombres -supuestamente concienciados en materia de igualdad y libertades- que se masturban diariamente consumiendo el porno más rancio pero mainstream de la web sin someter a ningún cuestionamiento el hecho de que les excite que la mujer casi siempre sea presentada como una zorra y el hombre como un semental con una gran polla dura con la que la humilla follándosela hasta el fondo a la muy guarra. Sin entrar en el interesante y antiguo debate sobre la legitimidad de ese tipo de porno en el seno de nuestra sociedad, no hace falta irse a tan bajos fondos para encontrar a la mujer quintaesenciada, reducida a la metonimia más machacada y productiva del ideario sexual masculino. Henry Miller utiliza la palabra cunt hasta la saciedad cuando nos ilumina con el relato de las “transgresoras” correrías de sus protagonistas.

He took pleasure in degrading her. I could scarcely blame him for it, she was such a prim, priggish bitch in her street clothes. You’d swear she didn’t own a cunt the way she carried herself in the street. Naturally, when he got her alone, he made her pay for her highfallutin’ ways.  He went at it cold-bloodedly. “Fish it out” he’d say, opening his fly a little. “Fish it out with your tongue!”… once she got the taste of it in her mouth you could do anything with her.

Henry Miller: Tropic of Capricorn, 1938. (En Sexual Politics, pp. 304-305)

Shut up, you bitch you!” I said. “It hurts does it? You wanted it, didn’t you?” I held her tightly, raised myself a little higher to get it into the hilt, and pushed until I thought her womb would give way. Then I came -right into that snail-like mouth which was wide open. She went into a convulsion, delirious with joy and pain. Then her legs slid off my shoulders and fell to the floor with a thud. She lay there like a dead one, completely fucked out.

Henry Miller: Sexus, 1945. (En Sexual Politics, p. 306) 

Crisco

5 enero 2010

Creada por dos fabricantes de velas en la América de finales del siglo XIX, la manteca vegetal Crisco (el nombre es un acrónimo del inglés Crystalized Cottonseed Oil) está compuesta por aceite hidrogenada de semillas de algodón. El producto fue comercializado en 1911, época en la que se utlizaba mucho la manteca de cerdo para cocinar. Esta manteca vegetal triunfó en el mercado al presentarse como una alternativa más sana, digestiva y económica a la grasa animal. Además, entre los judíos americanos se convirtió en el perfecto sustituto kosher de la manteca de cerdo.

Pero esta alternatividad propia del producto desde sus orígenes iba a conocer glorias mayores, pues Crisco también fue descubierto como la perfecta alternativa al AstroGlide y a la vaselina para facilitar las prácticas del sexo anal, entre ellas, del fistfucking. Entre sus ventajas, muchos americanos señalan que no se seca ni alpemaza y que su efecto es muy prolongado. Su uso se ha relacionado tanto con el mundo gay que se han comercializado camisetas y gorras con la palabra como emblema queer y varios locales, como la discoteca newyorquina Crisco Disco, tomaron su nombre.

One of the main reasons, besides its edibility, that allowed Crisco to be used as a lubricant was its viscous, tactile quality, almost slimy, especially in its shortened form. In fact, various websites and books on gay sex suggest that it is one of the few lubricants that doesn’t wear off, its slippery but also sticky. Yet, what exactly is this quality? In Being and Nothingness, Sartre asks, “What mode of being is symbolized by the slimy,” and posits that “the slimy reveals itself as essentially ambiguous because its fluidity exists in slow motion; there is a sticky thickness in its liquidity.” Slime, in other words, is neither liquid nor solid, but something in between, something that defies or escapes both categories. In the midst of liquid or in the presence of a solid, we are always aware of our facticity, our own solidity, but this is not so in the case of the slimy. Slime is “an aberrant fluid,” the “revenge of the In-itself,” in that there is always the feeling that it might absorb us, that we will not be able to get rid of it or escape it—”only at the very moment when I believe that I possess it, behold by a curious reversal, it possesses me,” Sartre writes. Thus, for Sartre sliminess itself is a somewhat queer or deviant material for it makes one’s relationship to the world strange by denying the primacy of the self.

(Drew Sawyer, “Crisco or how to do queer theory with things”. Thing Theory, 2007)

Felices fiestas anales

30 diciembre 2009

Misterioso objeto por el culo les desea unas provechosas fiestas anales.

Ese sexo que no es uno (1977) – Luce Irigaray

28 diciembre 2009

La mujer “se toca” todo el tiempo, sin que además se le pueda prohibir hacerlo, porque su sexo está formado por dos labios que se besan constantemente.(…)

The Great Wall of Vagina - Jamie McCartney

La suspensión del autoerotismo se opera en la fractura violenta: la separación brutal de los dos labios por parte de un pene violador. (…)

En efecto, el placer de la mujer no tiene por qué elegir entre la actividad clitoridina y la pasividad vaginal, por ejemplo. El placer de la caricia vaginal no tiene que sustituir a la caricia clitoridiana. Una y otra contribuyen, de manera irremplazable, al goce de la mujer. (…)

Ahora bien, la mujer tiene sexos prácticamente en todas partes. Ella goza prácticamente con todo.

(Trad. R. Sánchez Cedillo)

Diario del ladrón (1949) – Jean Genet

25 diciembre 2009

Stilitano era alto y fuerte. Caminaba con paso a un tiempo flexible y pesado, rápido y lento, ondulante. Era ágil. Gran parte de su ascendencia sobre mí -y sobre las furcias del Barrio Chino- residía en el escupitajo que Stilitano pasaba de un carrillo a otro, y que estiraba a veces, delante de la boca como un velo.  «Pero, ¿de dónde saca ese escupitajo, me decía yo, de dónde lo sube, tan espeso y blanco? Los míos jamás alcanzarán ni la untuosidad ni el color del suyo, se quedarán en hilillos de vidrio, transparentes y frágiles.» Es, pues, natural que me imagine lo que será su verga si se la unta, en mi obsequio, con tan bella materia, con esa valiosa tela de araña, tejido, que, en secreto, llamaba yo el velo del paladar. (…)

He mordido a Lucien hasta hacerle sangre. Esperaba hacerlo aullar; su insensibilidad me ha vencido; pero sé que llegaría a despedazar la carne de mi amigo hasta perderme en una carnicería irreparable en la que conservaría la razón, en la que conocería la exaltación de la degradación. (…) Si se acuesta junto a mí, enreda suavemente a las mías sus piernas, más confundidas aún por la tela finísima de nuestros pijamas, luego busca con mucho esmero el sitio en que recostar su mejilla. En tanto no duerma, sentiré, contra la muy sensible pared de mi cuello, el estremecimiento de su párpado y sus pestañas rizadas. Si siente algún picor en la nariz, su pereza, su indolencia, no le permiten levantar la mano, y para rascarse se frota la nariz contra mi barba, dańdome así unos delicados cabezazos, como un choto mamando de su madre. Su vulnerabilidad es entonces total. (…)

Suavemente, el gran negro se echará sobre mi espalda. El negro, más inmenso que la noche me cubrirá. Sobre mí, todos los músculos tendrán, sin embargo, conciencia de ser los afluentes de una virilidad que converge en este punto tan duro, tan violentamente cargado, con el cuerpo entero estremecido por este bien y este interés de sí mismo que no existen más que para mi dicha. Estaremos inmóviles; ahondará más. Una especie de sueño derribará al negro sobre mis hombros, mientras su noche, en la que poco a poco me diluiré, me aplasta. Con la boca abierta, lo sabré entumecido, retenido en este eje tenebroso por su pivote de acero. Me sentiré ligero. Ya no tendré ninguna responsabilidad. Abarcaré el mundo con la mirada clara prestada por el águila a Ganimedes.

(Trad.  M.T. Gallego e I. Reverte)

Salò o los 120 días de Sodoma (1975)- Pasolini

16 diciembre 2009

Además de la metáfora de la relación sexual (obligatoria y fea) que la tolerancia del poder consumístico nos hace vivir, todo el sexo que hay en Salò (y lo hay en una cantidad enorme) es también la metáfora de la relación del poder con sus sometidos. Con otras palabras, es la representación (quizás onírica) de lo que Marx llama la conversión en mercancía del hombre: la reducción del cuerpo a cosa (a través de la explotación).

(…) Cuatro poderosos (un duque, un banquero, un presidente de tribunal y un obispo) ontológicos y por tanto arbitrarios “reducen a cosas” a sus humildes víctimas. Y esto en una especie de representación sagrada que, siguiendo la que probablemente era la intención de Sade, tiene una especie de organización formal dantesca. Un Ante-Infierno y tres Círculos. La figura principal (de carácter metonímico) es la acumulación (de los crímenes); pero también la hipérbole (querría llegar al límite de la soportabilidad).

Saló. El Infierno según Pasolini. “Autoentrevista de P. P. Pasolini: El sexo como metáfora del poder”. Edición de  M. Maresca y J. I. Mendiguchía.

Sodoma y Gomorra (1919-1927) – Marcel Proust

26 noviembre 2009

A veces, cuando en la sala del casino dos muchachas se deseaban, se producía como un fenómeno luminoso, una especie de estela fosforescente que iba de una a otra. Diremos de paso que, con ayuda de tales materializaciones, aunque imponderables, con aquellos signos astrales que inflamaban toda una parte de la atmósfera, Gomorra, dispersa, tiende, en cada ciudad, en cada pueblo, a juntar a sus miembros separados, a reconstruir la ciudad bíblica, mientras en todas partes los nostálgicos, los hipócritas, a veces los valientes desterrados de Sodoma, realizan los mismos esfuerzos, aunque sólo sea por una reconstrucción intermitente.

En busca del tiempo perdido, IV, p.307.  (Trad. Consuelo Berges)

Proust is a novelist who transforms his homosexual experience into art, and this fact must be reckoned with in any assessment of his genius. Many of the major and minor characters of A la recherche –Charlus, Saint-Loup, Morel, the Prince de Guermantes, Jupien, Legrandin, Nissim Bernard- turn out to have homosexual tastes. And lesbianism is, of course, one of the narrator’s major preoccupations: he spends nearly a third of the great novel pondering the implications of female homosexuality and trying to discover whether Albertine has ever loved other women.

J. E. Rivers, Proust and the Art of Love.

Hermaphrodite Torso (1999) – D. LaGrace Volcano

10 noviembre 2009

Del_LaGrace_Volcano

As a gender variant visual artist I access ‘technologies of gender’ in order to amplify rather than erase the hermaphroditic traces of my body. I name myself a gender abolitionist. A part time gender terrorist. An intentional mutation and intersex by design, (as opposed to diagnosis), in order to distinguish my journey from the thousands of intersex individuals who have had their ‘ambiguous’ bodies mutilated and disfigured in a misguided attempt at ‘normalization’. I believe in crossing the line as many times as it takes to build a bridge we can all walk across.

Del LaGrace Volcano, September 2005

Clismafilia

2 noviembre 2009

Enema escultura

Klismaphilia is a paraphilia that is characterized by the deriving of sexual stimulation form having an enema administered. An enema is an insertion of liquid through the anus into the rectum, especially to expel the contents of the bowel. The Kilismaphiliac gains satisfaction by both fantasizing about getting an enema and by actually getting one. Klismaphiliac becomes more erotically aroused by the eliminatory process. It is usually men who get excited and get erections when administered enemas as youths although women are also involved in this sexual behavior. The paraphilia is used as a substitute for genital intercourse. Usually the Klismaphiliac carries out a normal life, and manages to engage in this strange behavior secretly, keeping this paraphilia private. Klismaphiliacs usually try to get others (usually a woman) to administer an enema under the false pretence of being constipated. They try to conceal the pleasure they receive from this administration.

Enema

26 octubre 2009

Eugenio Lucas Velásquez - La lavativa

HOW TO GIVE YOURLSEF AN ENEMA by Catherine Cavanaugh, R.N.

An enema is a safe, effective, and natural way to cleanse the bowel. It more closely approximates a natural movement than laxatives or suppositories and is much more gentle on the system. Only the last 24 to 36 inches of the digestive tract are involved, as compared to over 30 feet as is the case with laxatives. When you are constipated and resort to a laxative you never really know where you will be and what you will be doing when your laxative decides to work. With an enema you time your movement to your convenience.

Nevertheless, in many people, just the word “enema” brings to mind unpleasant memories of the discomfort of past or childhood enemas. In fact, an enema, properly administered, and taking care to observe some fundamental principles, can be almost without discomfort.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

  1. An enema bag or can. You can obtain this in any pharmacy. A combination hot water bottle/fountain syringe is the most convenient if you will be giving the enema to yourself. This is because you can set the bag down after it is filled without spilling the solution. A stainless steel irrigation can is more expensive, but easier to use when administering an enema to someone else, and also easier to prepare and clean up afterward. These are available from surgical supply stores. If you travel frequently you may want to consider a folding enema bag travel kit. Also available in some pharmacies, and most surgical supply stores, are inexpensive hospital type disposable enema bag units. In the hospital they are used once and discarded for sanitary reasons, but you can use them several dozen times at home before they wear out.
  2. A Davol colon tube. This is a flexible red rubber tube, 18-30 inches long that attaches to the hard plastic enema tip. It provides more safety and comfort than the standard attachment. These are available from medical supply stores and come in different sizes denoted by their French number. This number designates the interior diameter of the tube, the higher numbers indicating a larger diameter or the ability to pass more solution in a given time. Fr.#26 to Fr.#30 are standard sizes for the average adult, while Fr.#18 is used for young children, and intermediate numbers for ages in between.
  3. Castile enema soap. This is very mild soap used in the hospital for cleansing enema solutions. It is gentle enough to use on infants, but effective enough to relieve the most stubborn case of constipation. It is in liquid form and comes in a box of 50 single use packets. It is inexpensive and your pharmacist can order it for you, or you can find it stocked in many surgical supply stores. Soapsuds enemas are only recommended in cases of constipation.
  4. K-Y Jelly, vaseline, or cold cream for a lubricant. This is used to make insertion of the rectal tube easier and more comfortable.
  5. Something to hang the bag if self-administered. The enema bag should be suspended no more than 18-24 inches above the level of the rectum. The best place to give yourself an enema is on the bed, or in the bathroom either lying on a rug or in the bathtub. The bed is the more comfortable alternative. If there is no hook or something to suspend the bag from near the bed, put a nail or some sort of a hanger into the wall, so the enema bag can be hung by a strong cord so that it is about 18 inches above your rectum when lying on your side. If you prefer the tub, a string looped over the shower curtain pole or shower head can be used to hang the bag. Some enema bags come with an “S” hook that can be hung on the end of the cord. You can also make one by bending a piece of a coat hanger into an “S” shape.
  6. A pad or heavy bath towel. This is placed underneath the buttocks during the enema. On the bed or bathroom rug it helps to absorb any leakage, and in the tub makes it more comfortable than contacting the bare tub surface directly.

PROCEDURE

For best results, and your own comfort, the enema should be taken while lying down.

  • If you will be giving the enema to yourself the first thing you should do is set up the area for the procedure. Make sure the hook is suspended at the proper height (18-24 inches above the rectum). Then place a pad or bath towel where you will be lying down. Slide the shutoff clamp to a point on the tubing where you will be able easily reach it while in position. Check this out ahead of time by hanging the empty bag and assuming the position, just to be sure.
  • Prepare the solution. The water temperature should be slightly above body temperature, about 105 degrees F. at preparation time.For a soapsuds enema, if you have a combination hot water bottle and syringe, or an enema can, empty the contents of one castile soap packet into the bag or can, and fill with warm water. If you have a fountain syringe, or hospital type disposable enema bag, then first you should fill the bag one-third full of water before pouring in the castile soap. Then resume, filling the bag with desired amount of water. This prevents the soap solution from running out the enema tubing when the air is expelled. For a combination syringe, after attaching the tubing shake the bag to mix the solution thoroughly. For an enema can, stir the solution with some sort of a stirrer. If castile soap is not available, mix a bar of any mild toilet soap (IVORY, DOVE, etc.) in a pitcher of warm water until the water becomes milky, and then fill the bag or can. CAUTION: Do not use liquid dishwashing detergent such as IVORY liquid or any other in an enema since these soaps are very irritating to the bowel and their use has reportedly resulted in cases of soap induced colitis.
  • For a salt solution enema, mix 1 teaspoon of table salt for each pint of solution, or four teaspoons for two quarts.
  • For a tapwater enema merely fill the bag with warm water. If you have a problem with water purity in your area then warmed distilled or bottled water is preferred.
  • Lubricate the rectal nozzle with vaseline, K-Y jelly, or cold cream.
  • Open the shutoff for a moment and allow enough solution to flow to expel the air from the enema tubing. This helps to reduce cramping.
  • Lubricate your anal area with a generous amount of K-Y Jelly, or cold cream. Work your index finger up into the rectum lubricating the entire interior area where you can reach. This serves two purposes: 1. It makes it easier to insert the rectal tube, and 2. It helps protect the sensitive skin around the rectal area from being irritated by the harsh wastes when the enema is expelled. Wipe your finger with a tissue.
  • Hang the enema bag on the hook.
  • Lie down in position. On the bed this should be on the left side with the left leg straight and the right knee flexed (Sim’s position). Your left arm should be behind your back and if the shutoff is properly positioned you will be able to control it with your left hand. Your right hand will comfortably rest under your pillow. On the bathroom floor or in the tub, lie on your back with both legs drawn up, knees bent. Make sure you can easily reach the shutoff valve. Put a pillow under your head.If someone else is giving you the enema you may find it more comfortable to assume the knee-chest position. To accomplish this, get on your hands and knees and then put one or two pillows underneath your chest, and lean forward on them. Turn your face sideways and rest it on another pillow, and snuggle both arms underneath. This particular position is an especially comfortable one to have an enema during pregnancy, but if you attempt it on your own the rectal tube tends to slip out and it is difficult to work the shutoff. If you do this on the bathroom floor rather than the bed, make sure your knees are cushioned by a pillow or a pad, or the pressure on them might cause knee damage.
  • Gently insert the rectal tube 3 to 4 inches into the rectum. Rotate or twist the tube back and forth to make for easier insertion.
  • Open the shutoff valve and allow the solution to flow. At the first indication of discomfort stop and wait a few moments. Then release the shutoff and allow the enema to resume. Feel free to interrupt the flow as frequently as is necessary to assist in minimizing the discomfort. Taking slow deep breaths will help, and if you feel cramping at any point “pant like a dog” with shallow quick breathing. As the enema progresses a feeling of fullness develops. This is normal, and discomfort can be minimized by insuring that not too much solution is introduced too quickly. Take your time.
  • When the bag is empty clamp off the shutoff and slowly remove the rectal tube. Remain in position and retain the solution for a while. For a maintenance enema a few minutes are sufficient, but if you are constipated try to hold it in for 5 to 15 minutes.
  • Go to the toilet and expell the enema. An enema seldom comes out in a single movement so stay near the toilet for one half to one hour. After evacuating, most people find it comfortable to lie on the bed in a prone position to rest for a while.
  • A soapsuds enema should always be followed by a clear water rinse to insure that any soap solution residue is washed out of the colon. This minimizes the possibility of any irritation. Follow the instructions above but this time just use tapwater and try to take an entire bagful. This combination of a soapsuds enema followed by a clear rinse is the preferred treatment for cases of constipation.
  • Clean the equipment thoroughly. Remove any trace of lubricant from the rectal tubing with tissue, and wash with warm soapy water. Rinse out the bag or can, because intestinal pressure can cause reflux (a backing up of solution and colon waste into the bag or can). Then refill the bag or can part way, reattach the tubing if disconnected, and allow the water to flow into the sink, rinsing out the tubing.
  • Hang up to dry. An enema bag takes several days to thoroughly dry out, and should never be put away while even slightly wet.

TIPS FOR MINIMIZING DISCOMFORT

There are three primary reasons that cause an enema to be a more uncomfortable procedure than it has to be:

  1. Wrong position.- Many people are under the misconception that an enema can be successfully taken while seated upon the toilet. In some cases this may produce minimum results that may be construed as success, but in fact, gravity works against the enema and inhibits the solution from reaching the upper parts of the colon, and causes unnecessary discomfort as the solution pools in the lower part of the, bowel causing it to uncomfortably expand. An enema taken while seated upon the toilet seldom produces adequate results, so only take one while on the toilet when it is the only alternative.
  2. Wrong temperature.- An enema solution too cool can cause excessive cramping. If it is too hot it can damage the delicate mucosa lining the bowel. Body temperature or slightly above (98-105F) is just right.
  3. Too much pressure.- If the bag or can is suspended too high, excessive pressure can cause severe discomfort. The bag should be just high enough to allow the solution to barely flow. Don’t worry how long the enema takes. The slower you go the more solution you will be able to take without discomfort.

TIPS FOR MAXIMIZING RESULTS

  1. Use a sufficient volume of solution.- The major factor in an enema’s effectiveness is an adequate amount of solution. Many medical books suggest that a pint or so is sufficient, but any experienced nurse will tell you that good results are rarely obtained with such a small amount. What usually happens in the case where an insufficient amount is used is that the entire procedure must be repeated. It is a lot easier and more comfortable to do it right the first time.
  2. Retain the solution for 5 to 15 minutes.- Retaining the enema for a while before expelling it can significantly contribute to good results. Many people find it surprising that this can have such a major impact on an enema’s effectiveness, but experience has shown that it really works. Try and retain the enema for 15 minutes if possible, (it is often very uncomfortable, and one minute seems like 10). At least five minutes should be the absolute minimum. During this time the enema has time to work it’s way up into the upper recesses of the bowel, soften the movement in general, and dissolve the hard caked fecal coating on the interior wall of the bowel.