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Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Pornosophy: Are You Tired of Being Hitched Up to Someone Who's Interested in Anyone But You?
Richard Wagner (photo: Franz Hanfstaengl)
Are you tired of being hitched up to someone who’s interested
in everyone but you? A submissive may be just what the doctor ordered? How
about having someone who’s strung up, handcuffed and blindfolded and just
dying for you to get home already? Talk about attention getting, how about
someone who gets down on all fours, calls you master or mistress and hungrily
licks your feet? A good submissive has all the faithfulness of the average dog,
which in most cases will die for its master, with the exception that he or she
is able to carry on a normal conversation. According to a recent article in The Times this is exactly what the
Columbia professor and composer Georg Friedrich Haas was looking for when after
stating his credentials, he wrote the sex educator and author of the blog “The
Perverted Negress,” Mollena Williams, “I would like to tame you.” ("A Composer and His Wife: Creativity Through Kink,"NYT, 2/23/16).
In the case of Haas and Williams, who became husband and wife, the situation is
even more complicated because of the complex issues surrounding what The Times article, in explaining Ms. Williams-Haas' view, described as “a black woman
willingly submitting to a white man.” However, this has not stopped the couple
from pursuing their unique lifestyle. “To say I can’t play my personal
psychodrama out just because I’m black,” Williams-Haas told The Times, “that’s racist.” In the piece Haas admits to enjoying
creating pain, but that in itself would not separate him from many composers
and performers. Could this explain why so many concerts and theater
performances exceed 2 hours? However, on the other side of the coin, perhaps the fact that Professor Haas has beenable to freely cause pain to his wife at
home explains why his orchestral work has received positive reviews in the
press. Or is this just a example of Wagnerian Sturm und Drang?
Francis Levy's debut novel, Erotomania: A Romance, was released in August 2008 by Two Dollar Radio.
His short stories, criticism, humor, and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Village Voice, The East Hampton Star, The Quarterly, Penthouse, Architectural Digest, TV Guide, The Journal of Irreproducible Results, and other publications. One of his Voice humor pieces was anthologized in The Big Book of New American Humor (HarperCollins). He is presently the Co-Director of The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination (philoctetes.org), where he supervises roundtable discussions on topics as varied as “The Psychology of the Modern Nation State” and “Modern Traffic Theory, Behavior, and Imagination”.