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Sexual ethics names the realm of consideration in which questions and practices of leading a good sexual life might be framed and thought.

sex ≠ sexuality ≠ sexual difference
sex: act/s
sexuality: relations and related self-understanding
sexual difference: the irreducible difference of at least two {Irigaray}

Desire is neither a response to objective provocation, nor it is it a pure expression of subjective will. Desire is a directional force {Grosz} that invites interactions which portend the temporary emergence of a subjective position or an objective fixation. There are no subjects or objects apart from lines of desire.

To be responsible to desire is not the same as being responsible for desire. Responsibility to desire commits one to tracing the transversal lines it draws through and across a life. Responsibility to desire is delimited and general. Responsibility for desire establishes the particularity of a relation and demands a witness. Responsibility for desire is partitive and acts within the particular boundaries of a real relation.

Sex with desire is a commitment to encountering a force which is proper to none of the participants. It is contact with primary movement. Sexual ethics demands a willingness to be moved beyond the confines of categorical self-expression. Every encounter is emotional and therefore every encounter entails the ‘risk’ of a commitment.

Sex which aspires to be/come without emotion is solipsistic in the most terrifically narcissistic way.

Radical indeterminacy and total openness are not starting points, they are the real conditions for desire. Categorically limited relational structures, such as monogamy, must never be assumed. If they are to obtain, their immanence must be mutually/plurally acknowledged and their terms must be clearly delineated. Categorical relational structures desired by one, imposed on the other, are patriarchal. Enforcing or assuming these relational structures unilaterally is a form of violence and must be refused.

If one yields to desire, one falls in love. If one radically accepts the generative force of desire, one is reinventing love. {Rimbaud} The former disposition expresses lack, the latter excess.

Only a coward chooses cruel endings.

Collective subjects of a radically open relation may abdicate responsibility for their particular desire, but they may never subvert responsibility to desire. One who seeks to abdicate responsibility to desire commits oneself to a subjectivity which treats all relations as objective and externalizable. This dangerous and violent condition is conservatively megalomaniacal, serving only an unacknowledged desire for abstract power over all relations. Acceptance of the collective subjectivity of radically open relations establishes a discontinuous continuity which reënacts the initial condition of all desire (including that which would be disavowed in an abdication of responsibility to desire) with the embodied emotional awareness of the chronological past.

This is the only ethical position in which to start a new relation out of the old.

Outline for praxis.
Liquid; solid.  The wet object.  A stone.

“Small torso”

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Pronunciation: /ɛˌrəʊtəʊˈdʒɛnɪk/
Etymology: < Greek ἔρωτο- , ἔρως love + -genic comb. form.

= erogenic adj.
1909 in Cent. Dict. Suppl.
1922 J. Riviere tr. Freud Introd. Lect. Psycho-anal. 264 The gratification obtained can only relate to the region of the mouth and lips; we therefore call these areas of the body erotogenic zones.
1924 J. Riviere et al. tr. Freud Coll. Papers II. 39 A certain degree of directly sexual pleasure is produced by the stimulation of various cutaneous areas (erotogenic zones).
1955 H. Marcuse Eros & Civilization (1956) ii. 39 The pleasure of the proximity senses plays on the erotogenic zones of the body.
1968 Economist 25 May 25/3 Libido transcends beyond the immediate erotogenic zones.

/hysterionics = hysteria + histrionics

hystericize v. /hɪˈstɛrɪsaɪz/ (intr.) to go into hysterics.
1894    Westm. Gaz. 5 Dec. 3/1   The Newest Woman queens it here In all her last uncomely guises; A screaming Sisterhood severe Hystericises.

histrionic, adj. and n.

Pronunciation:  /hɪstrɪˈɒnɪk/

Etymology:  < late Latin histriōnic-us , < histriōn-em ; compare French histrionique (1769 in Littré)

 3. Pathol. histrionic paralysis (see quot.). histrionic spasm, spasm of the facial muscles.

1886    New Sydenham Soc. Lexicon,   Histrionic spasm.
1893    New Sydenham Soc. Lexicon,   Paralysis, histrionic, Bell’s facial palsy, so named because the power of facial expression is lost.

Christian Schad, Sonja (1928)


Pronunciation:  /ˈgræfɪ/
Etymology:  < French graphie system of writing.


A graphic symbol representing a phoneme; = graph n.3
1955    Trans. Philol. Soc. 138   The characteristic insular graphies of the later twelfth century boef, beof, bøf do not deserve to be dismissed as Anglo-Normanisms.
1962    N. Davis & C. L. Wrenn Eng. & Medieval Stud. 56   Whereas original long e and o are not infrequently represented by the graphies ee and oo, original short e and o are never so represented.
1968    Medium Ævum 37 87   The same graphy appears in the same manuscript in the form beniscun.
1970    Jrnl. Eng. Place-name Soc. 2 16   The graphy gu for [g] before e, i arose in French after initial gw had been reduced to g at some time before the late twelfth century.
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