Just a very quick entry today, as I am doing a show all this week (I am the SM, which sounds so much kinkier than it actually is, but is still loads of fun), and am panicking madly about an essay. Fairly standard. But in doing reading for said essay (it’s on Antony And Cleopatra, which is a feminist minefield, make no mistake), I came across this quotation which basically sums up everything this blog is about:
‘What remains most completely prohibited to woman, of course, is that she should express something of her own sexual pleasure. This latter is supposed to remain a “realm” of discourse, produced by men. For in fact feminine pleasure signifies the greatest threat of all to masculine discourse, represents its most irreducible “exteriority”, or “extraterritoriality”.’– Luce Irigaray, 1985, This Sex Which Is Not One
So there you go. Female sexuality and enjoyment of sexuality (or, at least, admission of that enjoyment) terrifies men. This is pretty clear all the way through Antony And Cleopatra, and I would love to say we have moved on a bit, but since I still feel the need to write a blog like this, it seems we haven’t. How can we fix this? More talking about how sex is awesome, of course! Also, talking about enjoying sex will destroy the Patriarchy. The literary critic said so.
Alas, I must now return to my essay. If anyone wants to comment and ‘express something of their own sexual pleasure’, please feel free! I’ll be back at the weekend.