Slog News & Arts

Line Out

Music & Nightlife

« $25,000,000 | How Was It? »

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

The Body Discourse

posted by on April 4 at 9:00 AM

What is missing from this impressive image?
l_97252149ae2239a6fd6d1cba4c0b70c1-2.jpg This is missing. A tentacular monster from the sea in its distance. But what are the sources of the erotic charge that gives the fisherman wife’s dream its unusually powerful impact? For one, the creature from the sea symbolizes the oceanic forces, the origins of life, the Jungian drive to be something that breathes, bathes, brushes and brims with being. We all come from the depths of the sea and often we have sex that looks and feels a lot like swimming.

The rocks, the crashing waves, the creature, the naked woman. The image’s erotic charge is also triggered by the creature’s tentacles. The octopus has many ways to keep pleasing the fisherman’s wife. If one tentacle goes limp, there is another one ready and erect. And as all straight men know, to satisfy a woman, more than one tentacle, one session of sex is needed, which is why the most ridiculous ménage à trois arrangement is two women and a man. How can one man hope to satisfy two women? It’s a situation that must resort to lesbian sex if it hopes to find any happiness. Two men and one woman, however, makes total sense. Two men are well on the way to achieving that tantacular bliss the one on the beach experiences.

Lastly, there is this marvelous passage from Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past:

It is in sickness that we are compelled to recognize that we do not live alone but are chained to a being from a different realm, from whom we are worlds apart, who has no knowledge of us and by whom it is impossible to make ourselves understood: our body. Were we to meet a brigand on the road, we might perhaps succeed in making him sensible of his own personal interest if not of our plight. But to ask pity of our body is like discoursing in front of an octopus, for which our words can have no meaning than the sounds of the tides, and with which we should be appalled to find ourselves condemned to live.
The body, like the octopus, like the tides, like the sea and sex itself, is alien to us reasonable mammals. The mind is the idea of the body, said Spinoza in an an imaginative effort to reconcile Descartes’ terrific split. But even the idea of our body looks strange and alien to those who are “condemned to live” in a body.

RSS icon Comments


Posted by Amy Jo | April 3, 2007 1:00 PM

Posted by infrequent | April 3, 2007 1:11 PM

Damn dude, it's time you got laid.

Posted by monkey | April 3, 2007 1:12 PM

The Kraken! The Kraken is missing!

Posted by Junkie | April 3, 2007 1:15 PM

Charles, it might be a little early in the day for this, but I think you've got a lot of time on your hands.

Posted by Sally Struthers Lawnchair | April 3, 2007 1:16 PM

I know! A NSFW tag!

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 3, 2007 1:19 PM

i liked the post about fat beer-drinking girls better.

Posted by josh b | April 3, 2007 1:28 PM

Wow, thats hot.

Posted by Melissa | April 3, 2007 1:32 PM

"Remembrance of Things"

Posted by SEAN NELSON, EMERITUS | April 3, 2007 1:33 PM

Who did that painting? It's awesome!

Posted by Alex | April 3, 2007 1:44 PM

@6: This is totally SFW, if reading Slog at all is SFW. The woman is clothed on top and her legs are closed. Plus it's black and white - that means it's "art."

Personally, I think the image would be hotter if her boobs weren't bigger than her head. Proportion, people; I can't stress it enough.

Posted by Aislinn | April 3, 2007 1:57 PM

“God is, as it were, the sewer into which all contradictions flow” says our hero- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

What's missing is the city sewer pipe providing the contrast and contradiction to this image Urban human sewer flowing intot he beautiful sea. City-Sea. Octopus sushi is known as Tako and my Japanese Girlfriend's name is Kekio, memories are floating snapshots of our lives.

Posted by The American Hegelist | April 3, 2007 1:59 PM

Oh, SFW means "Safe for Work"! I thought it meant "So Fucking What," like most of Charles' recent posts.

Posted by elswinger | April 3, 2007 2:05 PM

LOL, @15 ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 3, 2007 3:30 PM

#5: Awesome.

Posted by blah | April 3, 2007 3:57 PM

"the most ridiculous ménage à trois arrangement is two women and a man"

Heresy!! There nothing ridiculous about this configuration!

A little sex ed, Charles - as a man without any birth defects, you have more than one tentacle.

Posted by Sean | April 3, 2007 4:01 PM

Proust kept it real. He was sick as hell too. Its like Jorge Luis Borges, trapped inside a blind man's body.

Posted by SeMe | April 3, 2007 4:34 PM

Oh, I thought it was her arms that were missing.

Posted by Maggie | April 3, 2007 6:34 PM

Again--there's no mention of the oft-forgotten octopus beak! Surely it must count for something?

Posted by David E. | April 3, 2007 6:59 PM

do you have a Proust quote celebrating concrete slabs?

Posted by Also went to college | April 3, 2007 8:29 PM

Is she wearing a straight-jacket, or is she just carrying some cantelope? I can't tell.

Posted by daytrpr | April 3, 2007 9:17 PM

Hey, even I'll admit, it's not the best picture of me, but its not that bad either. Plus, I have to agree with #18 - 2 women and a man is great, but what's even better is 3 women! Rawr!

Posted by Melissa | April 4, 2007 3:50 PM

aww she is so pretty. =] wait know i rember where i got my look's from =D lol. it's scary that, well that girl in that picture is my sister. lol! and i cant love her anothe. pluse we look alot alike.

Posted by Lovic | April 4, 2007 4:01 PM

wow. i dont belive thats my sister. know i rember where i got my look's from. and saddly we look alot like. lol! anyway. this is a great picture. it's perfect. i cant love her anymore then i do. just wow. its a great picture. and the well the rest of this whole page is kind of creepy and odd.

Posted by lovic | April 4, 2007 4:03 PM

Comments Closed

In order to combat spam, we are no longer accepting comments on this post (or any post more than 14 days old).