Monday, September 5, 2022

Combat in the Erogeneous Zone

Combat in the Erogeneous Zone is the title of Ingrid Bengis' l972 broadsheet about the war between the sexes. The final section on "Love," citing the Yalta conference in the context of detent, was prophetic to the extent that the famous meeting between Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin was a prelude to the Cold War--which is about where relations of the sexes have returned after years of quashed hopes for a peace. The recent death of Mikhail Gorbachev is a reminder of another set of hopes embodied in the terms Glasnost and Perestroika. But is there a direct line between Glasnost and the present war in the Ukraine? Vladimir Putin was once mayor of St. Petersberg and ironically Peter the Great’s dream of Imperial Russia was reawakened in the mind a young former KGB officer by the dissolution of the U.S.S.R. History is circular as Vico pointed out. Simply stated, what goes around comes around--sometimes to disastrous effect as in the current Ukraine conflict. The God That Failed is the title the Arthur Koestler’s memoir. Raymond Aron called Marxism The Opium of the Intellectuals. Irredentism refers to the desire of formerly balkanized states to reconstitute and the Grand Inquisitor aka ISIS fell on the heels of Arab Spring.

read "Pornosophy: Nudity" by Francis Levy, HuffPost

and watch the trailer for Erotomania





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