On ‘Antichrist’ and ‘MEN’

“The definition of women as demonic beings, and the atrocious and humiliating practices to which so many of them were subjected left indelible marks on the female psyche and in women’s sense of possibilities. … For the witch-hunt destroyed a whole world of female practices, collective relations, and systems of knowledge that had been the… Continue reading On ‘Antichrist’ and ‘MEN’

On ‘Titane’

Poster for Titane (dir. Julia Ducournau, Arte France Cinema, 2021) I saw Titane, the second picture by French director Julia Ducournau, at the Castle Cinema in Hackney on my birthday. I was originally booked to see Licorice Pizza, Paul Thomas Anderson's new film, which was TERRIBLE, almost impressively crap; I forgot most of it the… Continue reading On ‘Titane’

On Pervy Old Men

“But the picture of the Madonna went with him. Continually, even as he sat in his small hard narrow room or knelt in the cool churches, it stood before his outraged soul with its sultry, dark-rimmed eyes, with a mysterious smile on its lips, naked and beautiful. And no prayer could exorcise it.” Thomas Mann,… Continue reading On Pervy Old Men

On Delphyne: Part 4

Smoke and Visions Rosie Dahlstrom: digital collage of Delphyne with a cigarette, 2018 'Feet don't fail me now,Take me to the finish line,Oh, my heart, it breaks every step that I take,But I'm hoping at the gates, they'll tell me that you're mine.'Lana Del Rey, 'Born to Die' (from Born to Die, Polyador/Interscope Records, 2012)… Continue reading On Delphyne: Part 4

On The Violent Lesbian: Part 4

This final instalment of my Violent Lesbian series is vaguely on the huge subject of pornography. I hope to show that by considering porn and its current impact on our sexuality, most of the strands of my arguments over the past few posts will naturally come together in a pleasing conclusive cum shot. Something to… Continue reading On The Violent Lesbian: Part 4

On The Violent Lesbian: Part 3

Sometimes after an hour of apathy, my strange and beautiful companion would take my hand and hold it with a fond pressure, renewed again and again; blushing softly, gazing in my face with languid and burning eyes, and breathing so fast that her dress rose and fell with the tumultuous respiration. It was like the… Continue reading On The Violent Lesbian: Part 3

On the Violent Lesbian: Part 2

“Don’t ever fight with Lisbeth Salander. Her attitude towards the rest of the world is that if someone threatens her with a gun, she’ll get a bigger gun.” Stieg Larsson, The Girl that Played with Fire (2006) So, in the Violent Lesbian world: if Villanelle from Killing Eve represents the contemporary fictional psycho-killer and Aileen… Continue reading On the Violent Lesbian: Part 2

On the Violent Lesbian: Part 1

I'm going to write some short pieces tying together some thoughts I've had on the image of The Violent Lesbian as she pops up in our collective consciousness of the world. She's a character I have thought a lot about over the years, as I think the transgressive and conservative ways in which she is… Continue reading On the Violent Lesbian: Part 1