Interesting, this all makes perfect sense it seems. However it leaves me feeling curiously sceptical and possibly a little disenchanted!
Wherever we look around us – especially while in a morose and misanthropic mood – we see “relationships”. Now, strictly philosophically speaking, a “relationship” is a concept designating an element which mediates between two things. Accordingly, we can propose, for example, that there is a “relation of proximity” between me and my cat right at this moment, or a “relation of friendship” between me and my neighbour, etc. The question at the forefront of our discussion today will revolve an especially interesting relationship – the “sexual relationship” – and more particularly Jacques Lacan’s assertion that “There is no sexual relationship”.
Lets start with a first definition: a sexual relationship mediates between two individuals and involves sexual enjoyment.
[The polyamorous readers might take into account that a ternary relationship (a threesome) actually consists of three binary relationships]
Thomas Ruff, Nudes, 2000
But what exactly is sexual enjoyment? Well, we can approach the question of sexual enjoyment (without discriminating any of its forms) on two…
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