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“woman is what sustains the consistency of man, […] woman’s non-existence [in the sense of woman as symptom of man] represents the radical negativity which constitutes all subjects.”

—   "Zizek" - Routledge Critical Thinkers - Tony Myers (via alterities)

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“Judith Butler argues that heterosexual male subjectivity is created melancholically through the father’s forfeiture as an object of desire and his internalization as a primary and constitutive identification. Judith Butler writes that heterosexual identity is thus purchased through a melancholic incorporation of the love that it disavows: the man who insists upon the coherence of his heterosexuality will claim that he never loved another man, and hence never lost another man. That love, that attachment becomes subject to a double disavowal, a never having loved, and a never having lost. This never-never thus founds the heterosexual subject, as it were; it is an identity based upon the refusal to avow an attachment and, hence, the refusal to grieve.”

—   The Politics Of Mourning (via alterities)

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“Shame is awakened […] when one suddenly perceives a lack in the Other. […] the subject no longer experiences herself as a fulfillment of the Other’s desire, as the center of the world,
This distance is not that “superegoic” one which produces a feeling of guilt and burdens one with an uncancelable debt to the Other, but is […] that which wipes out the debt.

In shame, unlike guilt, one experiences one’s visibility, but there is no external Other who sees, since shame is proof that the Other does not exist.”

—    Joan Copjec (via alterities)

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“the Father’s majestic presence becomes visible as … a mere ‘positivization of a void’.

That is the elementary procedure of the critique of ideology; the ‘sublime object of ideology’ is the … object which has no positive … consistency, but merely fills in the gap of a certain constitutive impossibility.”

—   Slavoj Zizek  (via alterities)

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“The subject does not come first before desire; rather, it is desire that trails after a trace that we can call subjectivation. There is no subject that desires, but a field of assemblage in which organic, machinic, historical, sexual, etc., segments abound. Desire is the force that guides processes of assemblage [agencement] and sets in motion the process of subjectivation while directing it.”

—   Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Félix Guattari: Thought, Friendship, and Visionary Cartography (via foucault-the-haters)

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“with … Law there is … transgression; transgression needs an obstacle in order to assert itself.

Power itself generates the excess of resistance which it can no longer dominate”

—   Slavoj Zizek (via alterities)

(via alterities)


So yesterday I discovered that the word ‘sext’ (which is widely used online) was first mentioned - I think! - in 1976 in a paper by Helene Cixous titled ‘The Laugh of the Medusa’. I didn’t look into the matter thoroughly enough, I admit, but here’s the full quote anyway:

"For the…

“In authentic love, I love the other … because of the very troubling excess of life in him or her.

the subject fills in his own lack by offering himself … filling out the lack in the Other”

—   Slavoj Zizek, Lenin’s Choice (via alterities)

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There is a nicely-vulgar joke: … Christ was still a virgin, wouldn’t it be nice to have him experience a little bit of pleasure before he will die? So they asked Mary Magdalene to … seduce him; Mary … went in, but five minutes after, she run out screaming. … She explained: “I … showed to Christ my pussy; he … said “What a terrible wound! It should be healed”, and gently put his palm on it.”

So beware of … healing other people’s wounds; what if one enjoys one’s wound

—   Slavoj Zizek (via alterities)

(via alterities)


Hiroshima, Mon Amour dir. Alain Resnais (1959, France/Japan)

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