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When they poured across the border
I was cautioned to surrender
This I could not do

(Leonard Cohen, The Partisan)
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3rd October 2018

The gadget-Eros

“Only love allows jouissance to condescend to desire.”[2] However, in a universe of sexual consumption, where the sex market is particularly extended and can be accessed in a variety of ways, the love partner is assigned a new status. Along with the spread of the ready-made fantasy, the subject’s relation to jouissance also changes. In this context, the partner is no longer someone to whom I entrust my destitution; s/he is only the one who actuates my arousal.  

When I desire I surrender myself to someone else, but I don’t know why I do so. The partner of my desire enters my world scene as the other and the other is always in the form of a difference that brings me closer to myself. On the other hand, when I indulge in pleasure, I surrender to the awakening of my body.

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