Flesh

November 25, 2018

The flesh is not obscene, it just takes a lot of poetry to tell it.

Roland Barthes
On Love
Critical Essays

where the garment gapes

November 18, 2018

Is not the most erotic portion of a body where the garment gapes? In perversion (which is the realm of textual pleasure) there are no “erogenous zones” (a foolish expression, besides); it is intermittence, as psychoanalysis has so rightly stated, which is erotic: the intermittence of skin flashing between two articles of clothing (trousers and sweater), between two edges (the open-necked shirt, the glove and the sleeve); it is this flash itself which seduces, or rather: the staging of an appearance-as-disappearance.

Roland Barthes
The Pleasure of the Text

contradict its violence

July 23, 2017

The Photograph is violent: not because it shows violent things, but because on each occasion it fills the sight by force, and because in it nothing can be refused or transformed (that we can sometimes call it mild does not contradict its violence: many say that sugar is mild, but to me sugar is violent, and I call it so).

Roland Barthes
Camera Lucida

Erotic part

July 1, 2017