Bigsley the Oaf

Language Work / Binary Inhibition

Posted in Uncategorized by bigsleytheoaf on March 4, 2013

Required reading: http://www.lustyladysf.com/

“We really do love our sex work.”

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The extent to which language can do work is the extent to which Capitalism continues to function. The fundamental stuff of language is differentiation, X and not-X. Linguistic constructs (words, sentences, paragraphs, phrases, etc.) serve to differentiate something from that which is not that something. This is naturally observable in dichotomies:

Love/Hate
Good/Evil
Order/Chaos
Etc./Etc.

But it’s also true in any sentence.

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E.g. let me break down some sentences from this blog post:

“The extent to which language can do work is the extent to which Capitalism continues to function.”

First of all, this sentence is asserting a truth. I’m asserting that the fundament of Capitalism lies in linguistic constructs, but specifically the extent to which language can do work. Why did Capitalism “win?”[1] In asserting this truth it is asserting that the fundament of Capitalism does not lie somewhere else. It’s not in some hateful demon spirit. It’s not in white men. It’s not in any sort of racial/gender/class/whatever. It’s in language. Language is the X, everything else is the not-X.

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Work is generated across a gradient. Because language is differentiating it serves to create gradients. Language is a shadow reflection of reality. Any differentiation that occurs in language is a reflection of a gradient in life.

E.g. “gender” is the shadow of “sex”
E.g. “law” is the shadow of “ethics”
E.g. “buddhism” is the shadow of “buddha”

To say that the former systems are shadows is to assert that their essence is derived purely from the essences of the latter systems (though these may derive their essence elsewhere). [2] OK, this may sound crazy-as-shit, but hopefully you get what I’m saying. Law is a system, with rules and calculations, which we operate – ethics is the natural order by which we operate. Buddhism is a system of assertions and practices which we perform – Buddha is a thing which performs us, and so on.

The assertions of the shadow systems mirror the gradients in the real systems. Since the real systems have flows caused by their internal gradients, the shadow systems have corresponding flows (work). 

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You may be asking yourself what the fuck this has to do with the Lusty Lady. Watching the video of these beautiful, vibrant women who are engaged in various shades of sex work, the thought occurred to me that the gender binary (whose power is derived from the underlying sexual binary) pushes both genders to extremes specifically by inhibiting “natural” behaviors on both sides.

I’m not going to list what “natural” behaviors are, for the sexes, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that probably there’s something related to mating in there. Probably males have behaviors which cause them to attempt to have sex with females. Probably females have behaviors which cause them to attempt to have sex with males. [3]

Gender arose as a class construct which uses the regularity of these behaviors by inhibiting them and then manipulating the resistance to that inhibition. 

Get it!?!

You say “you’re a man, and you try to have sex with the ladies, so we’re going to tell you that’s wrong, and then put you to work using your pent-up sexual aggression”

You say “you’re a woman, and you try to have sex with the men, so we’re going to tell you that’s wrong, and then use it to perform and organize reproductive labor to be more efficient”

Get it!?!

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Homework is to figure out how this works w/r/t other shadow systems.

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[1] What is Capitalism but the spirit of “That Which Wins?” Don’t want to go too far down this rabbit hole…

[2] I suppose I’ve become a bit more of an “essentialist” in a certain sense, though I must assert that I don’t believe that my words have essence, and are merely shadow-reflections themselves – oy!

[3] Gotta be careful talking about this!

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