Rants and reactions to contemporary politics, art and culture.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Sperm Count: Fertishistic Objectification
photo of jockstrap by Jacklee
Fetishistic objectification is a term used by some psychoanalysts to refer to receiving stimulation from a part of the anatomy or the
lingerie that is used to cover it. So for instance when you talk about a man’s
package or a woman’s rack you're indulging in a form of fetishistic
objectification. It’s a little like an erotic form of synecdoche, the figure of speech which refers
to taking the part for the whole. For instance, fifty head for cattle, the
White House for the presidency, the law for the police are all examples of synecdoche.Synecdoche, New Yorkwas also the name of a
Charlie Kaufman movie which starred the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and which
employs another kind of fetishizing that occurs when you attempt to make art
out of life or vice versa. But this erotic form of synecdoche also occurs in
the sex act itself. We refer to getting laid rather than making love and then
there are the varying kinds of foreplay, fellatio, cunnilingus, analingus which
all seem to thingify sex. When you talk about getting or giving a blow job,
about fucking or getting fucked you are attempting to create an illusion that
sexuality is devoid of emotion. It’s just another act like say brushing one’s
teeth or masticating a piece of meat. The fact is that butt fucking someone is
an activity that is laden with emotion. Without the emotion, the act would be
so denuded of significance as to be lacking in stimulation. The same is true
about sucking a penis. It's a statement. It’s fun and exciting to suck or be sucked for that matter, but
under normal circumstances most people don’t want a large object inserted into
their mouths, unless that object has meaning for them.
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”.