Monday, February 28, 2011

Lust of Pig and the Fresh Blood

Late night blog trawling when I discover this picture I took of Laura (Sheeran) trying on the Ghetto-bling vestment mentioned here. See her distracting tumblr here and awesome horror blog here. Laura is launching her debut album Lust of Pig and the Fresh Blood on April Fools, the first day of the month. She is such a brilliant, complex musician, an industrious, artistic dynamo. Can't wait to see the record in the flesh!

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  1. Well, according to Thomas Aquinas (c1224-75) lust is sinful and should only be used for the survival of the human race.

    “The more necessary a thing is, the more it behooves one to observe the order of reason in its regard; wherefore the more sinful it becomes if the order of reason be forsaken. Now the use of venereal acts, as stated in the foregoing Article, is most necessary for the common good, namely the preservation of the human race.

    Wherefore there is the greatest necessity for observing the order of reason in this matter: so that if anything be done in this connection against the dictate of reason's ordering, it will be a sin. Now lust consists essentially in exceeding the order and mode of reason in the matter of venereal acts. Wherefore without any doubt lust is a sin”.

    http://www.primarysourcebook.com/medieval/why-lust-is-a-sin-by-thomas-aquinas"

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  2. And your point is...? Perhaps you could fully explain your connection of Laura's album title with Thomas Aquinas' philosophies?

    We are complex beings, constantly negotiating meaning and understanding, individually, collectively, globally. Desire, in all it's shapes is multifaceted. Aquinas presents one tangent of our perspective on sex and physical desire. Lust often has dark consequences, as does blind faith and dogmatic, doctrinal belief systems.

    Another interesting, perhaps more interesting text is Audre Lorde's 'Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power', and here she refers to a positive, expansive power, as published in her book, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (1984). Speaking on what she broadly refers to as 'the Erotic', Lorde says:

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    "The erotic is a resource within each of us that lies in a deeply female and spiritual plane, firmly rooted in the power of our unexpressed or unrecognized feeling. . . .

    Of course, women so empowered are dangerous. So we are taught to separate the erotic from most vital areas of our lives other than sex. . . .

    The principal horror of any system which defines the good in terms of profit rather than in terms of human need, or which defines human need to exclusion of the psychic and emotional components of that need--the principal horror of such a system is that it robs our work of its erotic value, its erotic power and life appeal and fulfillment. Such a system reduces work to a travesty of necessities, a duty by which we earn bread or oblivion for ourselves and those we love. But this is tantamount to blinding a painter and then telling her to improve her work, and to enjoy the act of painting. It is not only next to impossible, it is also profoundly cruel.

    . . . [O]nce we begin to feel deeply all the aspects of our lives, we begin to demand from ourselves and from our life-pursuits that they feel in accordance with that joy which we know ourselves to be capable of. Our erotic knowledge empowers us, becomes a lens through which we scrutinize all aspects of our existence, forcing us to evaluate those aspects honestly in terms of their relative meaning within our lives. . . .

    I find the erotic such a kernel within myself. When released from its intense and constrained pellet, it flows through and colors my life with a kind of energy that heightens and sensitizes and strengthens all my experience."

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    Lorde, Audre. "Uses of the Erotic: The erotic as Power." Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. Freedom, CA: Crossing Press, 1984. 53-59.

    Understanding desire only in relation to sin and/or biological function is fundamentally limited and arguably perverse. The thesis denies the various aspects of our physical, psychical, spiritual capacities for joy and expansion, provided by God, Gods, the Earth, Family, Lovers and satisfying work and play. Lust, is a particular word, full of darkness and association, not only as one of the seven identified sins in a religious and cultural sense, but as a tangental element of the many facets of our unified yet fragmented erotic selves, a power which impacts not only on our sexual activity but our creativity. As Lorde proposes, our erotic power does not only exist in our genitals as biological enablers. We are not machines. Our erotic power enables us to reproduce creative babies as it were, which in turn, contribute to our evolution as a species and our continued survival not only as physical entities functioning as such, but expansive creatures with limitless possibilities for understanding, insight, happiness, contentment. It's a nice idea eh?!

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