Friday, August 03, 2018
"Cute Boys" video makes a major statement about the political consequences of body fascism, probably unintentionally
I won’t embed this R-rated soft core video (“Cute Boys in Love”) but I link to it to make a philosophical point. Sometimes porn really does make important political statements about values.
Two men meet in a bar. Alex, the shorter blond man, is physical and assertive enough, but is quite overwhelmed by the physicality of Josh. The dialogue starting at 0:46 gets more critical.
What’s at issue is what Alex wants to have a “peak experience”, something he will involve himself emotionally with. Ordinary people he encounters in his life just won’t be good enough anymore to have any meaning.
Then we can get into a debate on individualism v. tribalism, and being willing to center one’s identities with the needs of the group (as in Storr’s book “Selfie”) which I’ll come back to later (Books, July 19).
We can ponder body fascism, and the idea of how it can ultimately invite political fascism.
Picture: Penultimate night at Town DC, June 29, 2018.