The Fear Of Being Seduced

If seduction is a passion or destiny, it is usually the opposite passion that prevails - that of not being seduced. We struggle to confirm ourselves in our truth we fight against that which seeks to seduce us. In this struggle all means are acceptable, ranging from relentlessly seducing the other in order not to be seduced oneself, to pretending to be seduced in order to cut all seduction short. The hysteric combines the passion of seduction with that of simulation. She protects herself from...

The Dual The Polar And The Digital

A lottery is a simulacrum - there being nothing more artificial than to regulate the course of events by the absurd decrees of chance. But let us not forget that this is what antiquity did with the arts of divination, using the entrails of chickens and the flight of birds and isn't it what the modern art of interpretation continues to do, though with fewer grounds It is all a simulacrum. The difference is that in Borges' Ficciones the game's rules completely replace the law and the game decides...

Seductionproduction

In reality, pornography is but the paradoxical limit of the sexual. A realistic exacerbation, a maniacal obsession with the real this is the obscene, in the etymological and every o her sense. But is not the sexual itself already a forced materialization Is not the advent of sexuality already part of occidental realistics, the compulsion proper to our culture to instantiate and instrumentalize everything It is absurd, when speaking of other cultures, to dissociate religion, economics, politics,...

The Effigy Of The Seductress

The prismatic effect of seduction provides another space of refraction. Seduction does not consist of a simple appearance, nor a pure absence, but the eclipse of a presence. Its sole strategy is to be-there not-there, and thereby produce a sort of flickering, a hypnotic mechanism that crystallizes attention outside all concern with meaning. Absence here seduces presence. The sovereign power of the seductress stems from her ability to eclipse any will or context. She cannot allow other relations...

The Ironic Strategy Of The Seducer

If it is characteristic of the seductress that she turns herself into an appearance in order to disturb appearances, what is characteristic of that other figure, the seducer He too turns himself into an illusion in order,to sow confusion, but curiously, this illusion is part of a calculation, with finery giving way to strategy. Now if a woman's finery is also strategic, a calculated display, is not the seducer's strategy a display of calculation with which to defend himself from some opposing...

The Secret And The Challenge

The seductive, initiatory quality of that which cannot be said because it makes no sense, and of that which is not said even though it gets around. Thus I know another's secret but do not reveal it and he knows that I know, but does not acknowledge it the intensity between us is simply this secret about the secret. The complicity has nothing to do with some hidden piece of information. Besides, even if we wanted to reveal the secret we could not, since there is nothing to say Everything that...

The Eternal Irony Of The Community

This femininity, the eternal irony of the community. Femininity as a principle of uncertainty. It causes the sexual poles to waver. It is not the pole opposed to masculinity, but what abolishes the differential opposition, and thus sexuality itself, as incarnated historically in the masculine phallocracy, as it might be incarnated in the future in a female phallocracy. If femininity is a principle of uncertainty, it is where it is itself uncertain that this uncertainty will be greatest in the...