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May 07, 2006



To what degree is any fulfillment of sensual longing a "recreation of self?" The participants in Plato's Symposium all have theories about the nature of love, theories that stem from their personal experiences and define how they act and think, and are more than willing to use those theories in the service of getting a lover.

There is something very curious about the emphasis on text, on the reduction of the sensual to a neatness in form, the creativity being that which stimulates the imagination and having nothing to do with a creative act itself (I'm a bit biased. Something in me doesn't like to label pornography as a creation; I would rather term it a nothingness). But that something curious is inherent in all technology, no?

After all, if all technology is about the fulfillment of desire in order to create a zone of comfort, then everything is sensual at the same time nothing is sensual. Sexuality depends on a tension that creates desire and feeds that desire: the distance between lovers is always there in some form, a unity is what is worked towards. That it is never quite reached creates love. Form is never perfected, even as matter struggles for unity.

There doesn't seem to be the same tension in the cybersex story, for me. There just seem to be multiple ways, in the role-playing described, of exploring one's ego for better or worse, and the sensuality of cybersex seems to be one of those ways, a simulated intimacy that goes along with simulated adventuring and simulated commerce.

Not that friendships and love can't be real in gaming, but the story of Rufa seems to emphasize aspects that wouldn't be conducive to creating real bonds between people.

I could be wholly wrong about all of this, of course.


You can sexualise anything if you want but nothing is inherently sexy. Including the written word.


Text, just by the way, is not "the perfect medium for sex". We have three very pleasant dimensions that fulfil that role more than adequately.

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