20 January 2012

I went to see "Shame" today. For a movie that was full of sex it was decidedly un-erotic. On the way home I contemplated the prevalence of gay sex in my library erotica anthology, and in "Shame" and thought that percentage-wise, gays and psychotics make up roughly equal portions of the population, and what would it be like if they were represented with equal currency. I, for one, could do with less gay sex in my library, as I could do with less BDSM in the online community. "Shame" gives equal play to sex and mental illness, and for that it is both redundant (linking sexual excess with mental degeneration, à la nineteenth century syphilitics) and innovative (the mental degeneration was nuanced and sensitively portrayed, with gendering duly noted).

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