Uses of the Erotic
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Who was Audre Lorde?
Audre Lorde was a noted Afro-American writer, educationist, feminist, and civil rights activist. ... She found teaching as satisfying as writing poems and taught English in several colleges. women are powerful and dangerous
What notion of the erotic did Audre Lorde advance?
The erotic has two main functions. The first one is the power of controlling your sexuality and persuing another person. The second one is the fearlessness and joy that comes from this persuit.
When women embrace their erotic, it frees them and boosts their confidence.
The erotic is seen as 'bad' for women but, can actually be empowering for women to reclaim their sexuality
How does this notion apply to women
Erotic feelings must be recongnized in order to be utilized and it is a human need to share deep feelings.
The erotic has often been misnamed by men and used against women. It shows the conflict between men and women within the erotic.
This piece discusses that the word 'erotic' is not only sexual. Being confortable/connecting with your erotic self is about confidence and boldness. Women have been taught for centuries that they cannot be sexual. This reading is about embrassing the erotic and rejecting the notion that women are not sexual or do not like sex (185-186)
Based on the text, a point it brings up is how over time, erotica was used as an object of oppression to view women as lesser, but women and men shared separate it into the demand and personification of love and how one desires another (183-185).
What is the difference between the erotic and the pornographic according to Lorde?
Pornography can suppress erotic feelings by people using porn as a escape when they feel ashamed to act on their sexual desires (185)
Pornography is a direct denial of the power of the erotic (183)
"Pornography emphasizes sensation without feeling". Eroticism is empowerment within ones self whereas pornography is the denial of that because it erases any feelings which is an essential aspect of the eroticism.
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