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Get ready for the Sexapocalypse – some say it’s already here

Annalee Newitz


February 16, 2012

We are living through the golden years of apocalyptic storytelling, and nothing is immune from dystopia fever - even sex.


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Posted by Intomorrow  on  02/17  at  08:10 PM

This is truly nit-picking, but want to write it anyway:
since we know humans have always been the way they are, we apply our
modern/postmodern/post-postmodern view on the past. The Bosch painting above concerns sexuality in a tertiary sense; first it is (no surprise re the era it was painted in) about religion. Next comes Bosch’s stylistic expressions, plus referring to other artists of the period. Number three concerns sexuality.
Let’s not think Bosch was some kind of an artistic Hugh Hefner. The nude paintings of the distant past (just for instance the countless Venus-Aphrodite canvasses) were more about artists using hues, brushstrokes, etc., than sexuality.

Posted by Intomorrow  on  02/17  at  08:20 PM

... look carefully at all the figures in the thumb (the same painting) below, esp. the figure lying on the ground being studied by a deer, the canvas is far more about death than sexuality; and of course it is.. way back when, the connection between sex and death was more apparent—today it has been buried and sublimated:

Posted by VictorS  on  02/18  at  12:10 AM

Personally, I’m hopeful that the “sexapocalypse” will be more positive than negative. In fact, I’ve wondered what sex will mean when we can and do occupy multiple networked bodies at the same time—something that I think is coming. What gender will be when one is male in one place, a female in another, and sexless in a third?

Posted by Intomorrow  on  02/18  at  12:30 AM

“I’m hopeful that the ‘sexapocalypse’ will be more positive than negative.”

More positive than in the past, surely the distant past.
Look again at the Bosch painting: the subjects do not look happy-  going by their expressions, they appear as if they were attending funerals; they don’t seem like Hefner at his mansion.

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