Aside from Sade's "One Hundred and Twenty Days of Sodom" and "The Doom of the Virgin", the French philosopher - Georges. L'Érotisme (L'Érotisme) published by Georges Bataille in 1957 is another important classic that people cannot avoid when they study erotica and sex. The most interesting part of this work is that, contrary to his title, he does not talk about eroticism in terms of eroticism itself, but the opposite: from the suppression and taboo of eroticism to talk about the essence of eroticism: transcendence. Unlike our general imagination of lust, Bataille did not simply regard lust as a human instinct. Rather, think of it as a stronger desire that came after civilization. He first emphasized that the biggest difference between humans and animals is that humans can work and form a fixed order and laws of daily life to maintain the stable development of social civilization. The sexual desire for reproduction originally possessed by human beings as an animal has undergone a greater change in nature due to the baptism of religion and civilization. The simple difference is this: Sexuality is no longer for the purpose of reproduction.
Rather, it has the purpose of disrupting and cracking the daily order. Erotica is a kind of behavior that does not involve production, but pure consumption. Simply put, love is about romance, playfulness, and profligacy. Aside from the underlying drive to reproduce, love is more about making life less boring and lonely. And create a magical moment that is different from everyday life. And this shaping must rely on the uneconomical squandering of life and all kinds of meaningless squandering. Although the power of religion is declining day by day, Bataille pointed out that the essence of "love" is actually a religion. In addition to being full of rituals and symbols, people yearn for a divine color and splendor (love) from time to time. And making love is a fiery sacrifice. Pursue the unattainable Pricing spiritual fusion in the painful and incomparably sublimated intercourse. How did this ardent human passion and pursuit of sanctity come about? This is the issue that Bataille discusses throughout his Erotica. And his views are surprisingly conservative, yet subversive. In order for desire to be fully and intensely brought into full play, the first thing we need is not freedom and liberation, but a religious-like patience and prohibition of desire. Only then can the power of lust explode into the "divine redemption" that splits the daily life.
For Bataille, it is true that humans have erotic animal instincts. However, it is because civilization has established taboos that the reproductive instinct has turned into a stronger desire (erotica). The essence of erotica is the transcendence of taboos and civilizations (disintegration of daily life and laws), and at the same time of transcendence, it does not abolish taboos, so as to achieve the pleasure of transcendence. In this case, repression is even more important than desire itself, because the prohibition of desire will bring the erotic imagination to the extreme and make the desire stronger in the course of time. And the entire history of erotica, in addition to the history of desire, is more importantly the history of taboos. In other words, you could say that the most interesting thing about Erotica is that the whole book talks more about the structure and perspective of eroticism through asceticism (religion, reason, work, civilization) than about lust. It is at this point that we can link to a very excitin