a gallery of student-submitted media artifacts relating to English 493, Sex in Literature and Film @ SDSU, Spring 2009
Elizabeth writes in with a headturning headsup!  the link is NSFW!

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From: Elizabeth Oakes
To: <bnericci@mail.sdsu.edu>
Subject: News re: Peter Greenaway

New Greenaway movie

Real sex in movies is the new black


Professor Nericcio,

I randomly get spurts of creative juice flowing through me that leads to inspirations of my emotions put into words.  A few weeks ago after reading Aura and beginning Human D. I decided to sit down and let memory flow into text. So I created a blog to dedicate to my creative episodes. The reason I mention it is because my first entry is a descriptive graphic depiction of passion and the act of lovemaking. I just wanted to share it with the class because my source of inspiration to write it came from the last section of Aura, when Felipe came to fully immerse himself with Aura/the Señorita. Enjoy.

Thank you,
Aubrey Lao

From: Amanda & Ryan Sholty
To: Bill Nericcio <memo@sdsu.edu>
Subject: Eng 493
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2009 19:58:52 -0800

Hello Professor,

Not that Seth Rogen is relevant to our class, but in the newest Vogue he poses as Frida Kahlo.  - Just thought I'd share.

Amanda Spanier
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2009 15:55:08 -0800 (PST)
From: Kristen Kittrell <krk8605 AT sbcglobal.net>
Subject: International Flirting Week
To: bnericci@mail.sdsu.edu

Hi Professor Nericcio,

I was catching up on my "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" today, and apparently, February 11-17 was International Flirting Week. He did an extremely entertaining bit in his monologue about it, and unfortunately I can't find it online. I did look IFW online though and found some interesting tidbits. There is a blog called "Rap with Robin" and she teaches you how to flirt, she helps you brush up your "flirting skills". In this blog, she explains how you should hold a glass in your hand so you looking interesting, and don't surround yourself with "troops" of friends.I found this interesting in an odd way. I didn't know flirting was such a big deal that there were "rules" to be followed by unknown bloggers. Here is her link. Who knew there was such a thing. FYI, February 23-27 in Read Me Week.

Have a great weekend!  -Kristen Kittrell

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From: malin hökby <malin_hokby AT hotmail.com>
To: william nericcio <bnericci@mail.sdsu.edu>
Subject: shelley jackson - skin

Here is the artist I was talking about. This is a project description taken from her website: http://ineradicablestain.com/skindex.html

Have a great weekend!

Author Shelley Jackson invites participants in a new work entitled “Skin.” Each participant  must agree to have one word of this story tattooed upon his or her body. The text will be published nowhere else, and the author will not permit it to be summarized, quoted, described, set to music, or adapted for film, theater, television or any other medium. The full text will be known only to participants. In the event that insufficient participants come forward to complete the first and only edition of the story within the author’s lifetime, the incomplete version will be considered definitive.

How to Participate:

1.    Write to the author and explain your interest in the project.

2.    If you are accepted, the author will email you a Release of Liability.  Print it out, complete and sign it, and mail it back. (You may also request a printed copy by post.) By signing the release you attest that you are fit to participate and choosing to do so of your own free will; you release the author from responsibility for tattoo-related misfortunes; you promise not to make public the text of the story; and you give your permission for documentation of the project to be exhibited and/or published.

3.    You will receive a letter from the author specifying the word you are assigned.

The words will be passed out in strict order. A participant who does not want the word s/he is given may withdraw from the project altogether, but will not be allowed to apply for another word in hopes of getting a “better” one.

The words have been chosen for the purposes of the story, not for their suitability as decorations. Participants must be prepared for the possibility that the word they receive, once tattooed on their body, will suggest meanings unintended by the author and/or bearer.

Some words will come with a period, comma or other punctuation  mark attached. For example, you might receive as your word something resembling one of the following:


4.    You are responsible for getting the word tattooed on your body at a tattoo parlor of your choice. Read the following specifications carefully.

You are free to choose the site of your tattoo, except in the case of words naming specific body parts. These may be anywhere but the parts named, e.g. the word “hand” may be tattooed on your foot, stomach, shoulder blade, etc. but not on your hand. This stipulation does not apply to the word “skin” or any of its synonyms, for obvious reasons. The tattoo need not be in a place that is commonly visible (under your hair would be acceptable, for example) but must remain so long enough to be documented in a photograph.

The tattoo may be any size, so long as it can be read with the naked eye.

Tattoos must be in black ink and a classic book font. Words in fanciful fonts will be expunged from the work. No script, italics, German blackletter, etc; no decorations or embellishments of any kind.

5.    When the work has been completed, participants must mail the author three items:

1. The completed verification form.

2.  A close-up, legible photograph of the tattoo.

3. A photograph of the participant in which the tattoo cannot be seen at all.

6.    Participants will receive in return the full text of the story and a signed and dated certificate confirming their participation in the work and verifying the authenticity of their word.

From this time on, participants will be known as "words". They are not understood as carriers or agents of the words they bear, but as their embodiments. As a result, injuries to  the printed text, such as dermabrasion, laser surgery, tattoo cover work or the loss of body parts, will not be considered to alter the work. Only the death of words effaces them from the text. As words die the story will change; when the last word dies the story will also have died. The author will make every effort to attend the funerals of her words.

From: ken lilly <ken_lilly AT hotmail.com>
To: William Nericcio <bnericci@mail.sdsu.edu>
Subject: Gallery Sexxx
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2009 23:35:19 -0800

Hey, I know The Pillow Book is behind us now, but I couldn't help showing you these pics (they're attached).

These pictures were taken by photographer Kate Muller who was inspired by Franz Kafka's work "In the Penal Colony".  The story revolves around a man and his obsession with a torture machine that would carve the transgressions of a condemned man unto his back.  The pictures just reminded me so much of Pillow Book and I thought it was awesome how it connects Greenaway's work with Kafka's.  Enjoy!

Here's the link to Kate Muller's Flickr page
To: bnericci@mail.sdsu.edu
Subject: Gallery Sex possibility?
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2009 14:54:28 -0500
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From: meganmariesd AT aol.com

Hey I found this advertisement which claims to make males and females even more androgynous. I know this is something we have not really touched on in class, but I think it would be interesting to discuss the roles of males and females in the text and how they might deviate or go along with societal norms. This might go well with Frieda Kahlo, in her gender bending roles and I have not read it yet, but this might also go well with the diary of the hermaphrodite.

Is this product creating similarities between males and females, or is it pointing to the large differences between the sexes? Does it have to be pink?  Is that a tool in maintaining the femininity of an object whose goal is to make the female bathroom experience into a masculine one? Interesting...
B. Blake writes in with a note, quote and image!

In looking for quotes to include in my essay, I found this one that I think describes our class... I also attached an image relating to it.

Sex is more exciting on the screen and between the pages than between the sheets.

Andy Warhol


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Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2009 12:12:52 -0800
Subject: Fucking and Fighting
From: Zachary Campbell <zacharyjc AT gmail.com>
To: William Nericcio <bnericci@mail.sdsu.edu>

Hey There Prof,

In the intro to the Hurt Business the idea of "fucking and fighting" as Oliver explores it is pushed to a more universal worldview.  As I read it, I was reminded of this image that I found on the internet a year or so back that I have always found interesting.  Yes, it is graphic and was found on a forum of people that tend to look at sexuality and violence with an eye much more concerned with cheap pleasure and excitement.  However, it speaks volumes.


Zachary Campbell

[note this image is graphic; clicking here represents your consent to study adult materials.]

Note, this arts link contains materials that may offend! More
of Santiago Sierra's photography and cinema work appears

The Pillow Book is as amazing as I remembered, and probably even more
so. It made me think of Audre Lorde and her meditation on the "erotic"
and the limitations of pleasure and sensuality in modern society. Greenaway
seems to profoundly extend the dialectic of work and pleasure and offers a
visual array of sensuality completely enveloped in the "work" of
writing. I do think, though there is a meta-commentary on the pleasure of
writing, of literature, there is also an implied idea on the labor of writing.
(Thinking of the multiple frames of writing shown when presenting the production
of literature at the father's printing press). Writing as production, sex as
production, art and humans as the products. If he is framing the value in the
sensual nature of both, he seems to have a similar view in the uses of the
erotic in daily existence as well as in the pleasures of artistic production.
Consider Lorde's meditation:

"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. . . ."

 -Audre Lorde, "Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power."

 I imagine this is the Greenaway's and Nagiko's mantra as they
consider the absolute ecstasy of combining scripture (sacred writing) with the
sensuality and intimacy of the nude human form and lovemaking.

Bianca Chapman
Elizabeth Oakes is back in our forum--the link is CLICKWORTHY!

From: Elizabeth Oakes xeskimo AT hotmail.com
To: <memo@sdsu.edu>
Subject: RE: good eye!
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 22:07:57 -0800

for class - I thought this was interesting.  It's from mainstream media online.  You can see the sarcasm . . . policing going on here.

“Sex On Fire” by Kings of Leon
Pondering the Relationship to Quicksand by Junichiro Tanizaki
by Brittany Blake

“Sex On Fire” Music Video

The music video begins with lead singer alone in bed writhing for his object of lust. He conveys his unrelenting desire and infatuation with this person is bringing him the point of pain and insanity. I found this relatable to the first erotic scene of Quicksand when Sonoko is uncontrollably ripping the sheet off Mitsu to get to her naked body and fulfill her passion.
Other connections I found the video to Quicksand are the images of shadows behind the draped sheet and the symbolism of the chickens. The silouhettes behind the sheet are similar to the obsessive relationship that is kept behind closed doors in the novel. Although there is a sheet masking the action and objects behind it, to completely conceal or deceive what is happening is impossible. With the chickens, or commonly called “cocks,” they are used in two separate fashions. Foremost, the chickens are being eaten; the drumstick representing a fallic form, while the act of eating can be seen as sensual, satisfactory, or animalistic. Lastly, all that is left of the cocks is feathers, a whimsical, feminine part of the bird. The softness and brightness of the feather is comparable to the divinity of Mitsu.

“Sex On Fire” Lyrics

Lay where you're laying
Don't make a sound
I know they're watching
They're watching

All the commotion
The kiddie like play
Has people talking

Your sex is on fire

Dark of the alley
The breaking of day
Head while I'm driving
I'm driving

Soft lips are open
Them nuckles is pale
Feels like you're dying
Your dying

Your sex is on fire
And so
Were the words to transpire

Hot as a fever
Rattling bones
I could just taste it
Taste it

But it's not forever
But it's just tonight
Oh we're still the greatest
The greatest
The greatest

Your sex is on fire
Your sex is on fire

And so
Were the words to transpire

And you
Your sex is on fire
And so
Were the words to transpire

    With the lyrics, there is a sense of voyeurism, gossip, physical aching to sexual yearning, and death that are all present in Quicksand. Additionally, how the artist sings the song is somewhat hard to understand. He sounds almost as if he is actually having/experiencing a sexual frenzy.

Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 12:34:55 -0800
Subject: English 493 Possession
From: Jessica Price jess.lyn.price   AT   gmail   DOT   com
To: bnericci@mail.sdsu.edu

Hi Professor, The lecture this morning about possession and ownership of another person made me think of one of my favorite singer/songwriters, Schuyler Fisk- daughter of Sissy Spasek. Her song, "I Don't Belong To You Anymore" clearly shows the ending of a relationship as also the end of being owned or owning someone else. I saw her perform this song live at the Troubador in LA and almost all the women in the audience had a passion for this song because we have all been there and it was liberating... to be free from the hold of someone else. I just thought I'd share this song with you since it had some relevance to the topic of our class today about possession. You can hear the song on her myspace site.

Have a great day,
Jessica Price
Hello Professor Nericcio

First, I must tell you that I really enjoy the class and I think you have chosen excellent material. While I was looking through the gallery of sex I found that some students have posted some movie trailers and I wanted to share one with you. The movie I would like to recommend for you to watch is called "Tin Drum" and it is a German movie released (I believe in the 1970's) perhaps you have seen it already or heard about it. When I watched this movie a few years ago I was beyond disturbed, I was taken out of my "comfort zone" at the same time I had never been challenged by a movie so much. The movie which was adapted from a novel is about a child who refuses to grow up. While the character  looks like a child (the protagonist of this movie was played by an eleven year old child) he does everything an adult does.  Professor Nericcio, I think it is interesting that there are many things I can read about, watch and talk about; all kinds of fetishes, the psychology of sex, sadism, masochism (to name a few) and I won't feel uncomfortable or feel that those things are beyond my understanding. Recalling this film, I realized that there are still things that make me flinch and I can' quite figure out why this movie troubles me. It is not just because the protagonist of this film is a child, there are areas of humanity that this film explores that I haven't gotten around to exploring myself.

Perhaps if you have seen you could get back to me...If you haven't, I hope you'll be inclined to once you watch the trailer. In the event that you do watch the film and remember this e-mail I would like to hear your thoughts on them, however brief.

Thank you.

Andrea Durazo
From: Elizabeth Oakes <xeskimo AT hotmail.com>
To: <bnericci@mail.sdsu.edu>
Subject: Engl 493
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 12:50:00 -0800

Hi Bill:
feel free to post this.  It relates to the possession/obsession topic we spoke of in class today.

lyrics follow:
Obsession by Animotion (1984)
You are an obsession, I cannot sleep
I am a possession unopened at your feet
There is no balance, no equality
Be still I will not accept defeat

I will have you, yes I will have you
I will find a way and I will have you
Like a butterfly, a wild butterfly
I will collect you and capture you

You are an obsession, you're my obsession
Who do you want me to be to make you sleep with me

I feed you, I drink you by day and by night
I need you, I need you by sun or candlelight
You protest, you want to leave
You say there's no alternative

Your face appears again, I see the beauty there
But I see danger, stranger beware
A circumstance in your naked dreams
Your affection is not what it seems

You are an obsession, you're my obsession
Who do you want me to be to make you sleep with me

My fantasy has turned to madness
All my goodness has turned to badness
My need to possess you has consumed my soul
My life is trembling, I have no control

I will have you, yes I will have you
I will find a way and I will have you
Like a butterfly, a wild butterfly
I will collect you and capture you

You are an obsession, you're my obsession
Who do you want me to be to make you sleep with me
(x2 an fade)
an anonymous student writes in



So, here's my theory: When Tanizaki died, his spirit decided to come back as a lesbian so he could gift Showtime, and the world, with a little gem called "The L Word." He walks among us today, as a queer woman named Ilene Chaiken.


Quicksand is just a special two-hour episode of "The L Word," and a relatively tame one at that. The entire novel is what me and my lesbians refer to as "Dyke Drama." It's not sensationalist, it's real life.


"The L Word" doesn't just stand for lesbian, it stands for limerence. As in, obsessive love. Here are some of the characteristics of limerence:


Intrusive thinking about the limerent object.

Acute longing for reciprocation.

Some fleeting and transient relief from unrequited limerence through vivid imagining of action by the limerent object that means reciprocation.

Fear of rejection and/or unsettling shyness in the limerent object's presence.

Intensification through adversity.

Acute sensitivity to any act, thought, or condition that can be interpreted favorably, and an extraordinary ability to devise, fabricate, or invent "reasonable" explanations for why neutral actions are a sign of hidden passion in the limerent object.

A general intensity of feeling that leaves other concerns in the background.

A remarkable ability to emphasize what is truly admirable in the limerent object and to avoid dwelling on the negative or render it into another positive attribute.

As seen in Quicksand, lesbians often experience limerent love for other female friends. To quote The L Word, "Friendship is foreplay for lesbians."

Limerence, bisexuals, lesbians , married woman in lesbian relationships, lesbians who sleep with men, lesbians who are blackmailed by men, intense jealousy, lesbian nuns, threats of suicide, actual suicide, murder… these are just the first twenty minutes of an L Word season premiere.  One occasionally saw it in Queer as Folk too, but no one cares about that show anymore. To quote Arianna Huffington during her guest appearance on The L Word, "Dykes are the new Fags."


Sidenote: I have a friend who was going to have an affair with a married woman who had become obsessed with her. She was going over to her house for the first time so they could have their first experience, and needed directions. When she called the married woman  to get directions, she handed the phone over to her husband so he could give directions. My friend decided not to see her anymore. It had been a strange relationship to begin with. There were several hundred churros involved. It was for the best.


The L Word even has a man who is a lesbian. He labels himself a lesbian, has a lesbian relationship with a bisexual woman, and calls himself Leslie. He's played by Devon Gummersall who was on My So-Called Life with Claire Danes. If you've ever seen the show, it will make perfect sense to you that Brian Krakow grows up to be a lesbian. It's no biggie in the lesbian world, though. To quote Shane from The L Word, "Sexuality is fluid, man." Shane should know. She used to pretend she was a gay boy so she could prostitute herself to older gay men down by the docks, giving them cheap hand jobs. That was before she became a famous hairdresser.


I also think Sonoko's concern that her husband and Mitsuko may have tricked her so they could be together in death without her is a totally natural reaction for many lesbians. I checked with just about every queer woman I know. They all laughed hysterically when I told them the ending, and said, "Yeah… that's so true. I would totally wonder that."


Anyway, I have to go to class now. But I just thought I'd share my that Quicksand is common everyday fare (if you live in Hillcrest and all your friends are lesbians).


Cheers, Anonymous
"hey professor. so me and my friends have been watching really odd movies lately and i wanted to see if you thought they fit into what we are or will be talking about in class. they are both pretty interesting. this trailer is for the movie called "Towelhead"...keep in mind the trailer does the movie NO justice.

the other is for a movie called "The babysitters" which is also amazing.

if you wanted to add these to the gallery sex page it would be cool. the movies are for sale in most places i got my copies at best buy, but they have them "on demand" if you have cox cable. see you tuesday."

mike heras.
also, from Elizabeth Oakes--hit the image for the link!

Courtesy of Elizabeth Oakes
Music Review: Lily Allen's new album saucy, darker

The Associated Press, February 10, 2009 Lily Allen, "It's Not Me, It's You" (EMI)
Two years ago, Lily Allen was a pixie-faced singer whose saucy, reggae-ish pop debut album "Alright, Still" nabbed her fame, fortune and competition with fellow U.K. rebel Amy Winehouse. Now, following a clothing line, TV show and tabloid fodder (from drunken episodes to a publicized miscarriage) the 23-year-old Allen is back. She's still all sharp-tongued wit, but with an adult edge. Written and recorded by Allen and producer-keyboardist Greg Kurstin (The Bird and the Bee), "It's Not Me, It's You" is a blend of beat and piano-based

dance-pop and darker lyrics. The album may not have the straight zing of her cheeky hit "Smile," but its 12 tunes radiate clubby catchiness. Allen still touches on subjects ranging from weight to bad sex and relationships, but also tells off the paparazzi and contemplates God. "The Fear," an electro single about ravenous media attention, showcases Allen at her best: sassy, funny, descriptive and a bit naughty.
"I'll take my clothes off and it will be shameless/ Cause everyone knows that's how you get famous/ I'll look at The Sun and I'll look in The Mirror/ I'm on the right

"re: Lily Allen - I know you have a couple of her songs on the gallery . . ." Elizabeth Oakes
 nota bene: I have not pre-screened this posting--listener beware!

Word Prof,

 Distorted Views is a 20 minute podcast by Tim Henson that chronicles
 all the weird, freakish, and fucked up people/events/products that
 make their way into the public view. Its all the stuff they warn you
 about on the Internet. This is easily the most disturbing thing I
 consume on a regular basis. Fun for all ages. It ranges from horrible
 music by painfully bad artists to Japanese scat porn! Hurray! Now I've
 picked one that has a distinctly literary theme.

 Now this one unfortunately has about a minute of him playing and
 talking about a sound clip of a woman pooping. He has a fetish for
 pooping... Skip it, lots of good, offensive, insensitive, freaky,
 twisted, and sexy stuff afterwards.

 WARNING: Choke Hazard!! Seriously, this is guaranteed to offend many
 people and may cause gagging during consumption. Highlights include...
 Harry Potter - Out of Context, Sexy Music, and Banned German
 Literature of the Sexy Kind.

 There is also a segment called Sextastic Tuesday: Disturbing and/or
 badly written erotic stories every Tuesday. Mmm mm good. A typical
 serving here.

Ok, so not sure this is the kind of thing you want but I had to send
it in after I looked at the Sex Gallery.

 Oh, and this is not a Sarah Palin sex doll

 Kevin Larmer

 P.S. Snail sex is hot.
Heterosexual Policing Department, more below....

"Jokes" are a form of sexual policing--or, rather, they can be; here's a "good natured" email I received recently owing to Gael Garcia Bernal being the February "Mexihunk" on my blog, textmex.blogspot.com.

It is "funny" but funny in the way one would expect from a heteronormative joke universe to function.   If we get the time, let's talk about this more in class.

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To: "William A. Nericcio" <memo@sdsu.edu>
Subject: Monologue

"There was a vagina walking around campus and I thought of u. Name is emily marfia. She's a cast member- female sex worker. Funny maybe for ur gallery"

Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2009 22:15:12 -0800
Subject: Allen Ginsberg
From: Amanda Hess 
To: bnericci@mail.sdsu.edu


I took an LGBT Literature class at Cal Poly a few years ago and I came across Allen Ginsberg's "Many Loves" when I was looking through my old handouts tonight.  I think it connects with Quicksand with the idolization of another person of the same sex.

Ginsberg writes of one of his sexual encounters with another man, "O ass of mystery and night! ass of gymnasiums and muscular pants... ass of mankind, so beautiful and hollow, dowry of Mind and Angels, Ass of hero, Neal Cassady...naked at long last with angel & greek & athlete & hero and brother and boy of my dreams..." This quote reminds me of Sonoko's idolization of Mitsuko's body in Quicksand.

Further, Ginsberg writes, "But I made my first mistake, and made him then and there my master..." which reminds me of the interaction between Mitsuko, Sonoko, and Sonoko's husband. They become slaves of obsession and love by doing whatever she wants.

Anyway, that is just a small connection, but I thought I would put in a quick two cents. :) I don't have a scanner and I can't find a copy online, but feel free to post it if you can!

Amanda Hess
From: Amanda Gallina 
Subject: ENGL493
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2009 22:13:05 -0800

FOOD PORN  "this might be a bit off topic but i watched this tonight and it made me think of the class."
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2009 17:24:30 -0800 (PST)
From: William Nericcio <bnericci@mail.sdsu.edu>
To: "ENGL493-01-Spring2009": ;
Subject: a decidedly odd take on sex and the animal kingdom from isabella
 rosellini: ENGL493-01-Spring2009


not safe for entomologists!


bill nericcio
chair, lit
"Professor, You may get a ton of submissions about the film 9 1/2 Weeks (directed by Adrian Lyne) because it was shown on cable TV last night, but it fits so perfectly with the themes of our class that I had to make sure it got some well-deserved attention.  Much more than a love story or even soft-core porn, as some might see it, this film explores voyeurism, gender role-play, homoeroticism, dominance and submission (elements of sadomasochism), obsession, masturbation, and psychosexual games.

Here's one of the better trailer-type clips I found on youtube.

There are so many subtle nuances that make the relationship in 9 1/2 Weeks meaningful; two that come to mind are the clock tower scene, which reminds the viewer of the tenuous and finite nature of the couple's love affair, and the loss of the dominated Elizabeth's sense of self.  Interestingly, she wears bright colors when not with her lover; when they are together, she only wears black, gray, or white.  Indeed, the backgrounds of many of the scenes are starkly monochromatic, which eerily adds to their intensity and shows Elizabeth's disconnect from reality. ¶There is also a book by the same title, on which the film was loosely based.  It was written by Elizabeth McNeill and, although I haven't had a chance to read it yet, I've heard it's just as riveting as the movie.  Here's the google book preview. ¶I'm sure this film has been viewed by many before; however, it just seems to get better with time.  Each viewing seems to reveal some detail previously unnoticed and also raises new questions about the distinctions between healthy and unhealthy sexual relationships.  For anyone who hasn't seen it, watch it at least twice!  By that time, it will inescapably pull you into its dark world by your fishnet stockings and then tie you up with a white silk scarf!  Figuratively, of course."

Enjoy,  Paris W. Brown
A cosmopolitan student, who prefers to remain anonymous and whose erotic tastes are decidedly multinational, forwards us this link to a presently defunct but once thriving online arts journal out of Brazil; she says the pages of IDEAFIXA contain images that "are perfect partners for the ideas in your class." See what you think.  NSFW, for sure!

A flickr photoset whose themes and symbols echo those to be found in Peter Greenaway's THE PILLOW BOOK.

Yet another Soda Stereo song, Sobredosis de TV, could relate to the contest episode of seinfeld in that the song suggest the dependence we have on television, the pleasure it emits and how vulnerable we are that we can't resist it, which is what basically happens in the episode, all the characters give in to their temptations , so the song really talks about our dependence on masturbation, as jerry said, men have to do it, it's like shaving. On another note, seeing today's film, Flirt, instantly reminded me of Amores Perros, in that in deals with similar issues of the human condition and how we interact in response to those issues, but what stood out the most was the similar meta narrative structure of both films and how the stories and characters are connected whether it is by an issue(Flirt) or an event(the car crash in Amores Perros).

here's a link to the video of the song

and this is a trailer of Amores Perros

Eddie Santacruz
Hi again Prof: I thought of a potential discussion topic in conjunction with the Hartley film and Tanizaki book: what do you think the purpose of flirting is?  i.e., here are some categories I thought of, but I'm sure there are more . . .

1.    Flirting in order to gain something (personal agenda) (like flirting with a cop to get out of a ticket)

2.    Flirting as a precursor to a date/relationship/hook up

3.    Flirting to fill a void (i.e. stale marriage, etc.)

4.    Flirting for one's personal "titillation"

5.    people who are just naturally flirty b/c they're super friendly and honestly don't mean anything by it. But, those might be the "attention" needing type.

Great film, by the way -

Elizabeth Oakes
"It's amazing to watch how other countries are so laid back about activities that make some Americans reach for their bibles or jump into their confessionals! Go here for the skinny!"

Bill Nericcio
"Hello! I was watching Discovery Channel and a commercial came on for the show they will air Feb. 8th which is this Sunday at 8pm. It's titled The Science of Sex Appeal and I thought it went perfect with the class and the movie, Flirt, that we are going to begin watching." Melissa Allensworth

Feb 08, 8:00 pm; Feb 09, 12:00 am
(120 minutes)

The Science of Sex Appeal
An up close look at what attracts us to each other -- and why. You'll never look at a stranger, your loved one, or yourself in quite the same way again.

Discovery Channel Delves Into the Subconscious World of Attraction in "SCIENCE OF SEX APPEAL"
-- Premiering, February 8 at 9 PM (ET/PT) --

January 9, 2009
(Los Angeles, Ca.) SCIENCE OF SEX APPEAL delves into our deepest subconscious processes and lays them out in shocking and specific detail. Is sex appeal just a matter of taste, or a biological equation waiting to be solved? SCIENCE OF SEX APPEAL, premiering Sunday, February 8 at 9 pm (ET/PT) isolates every detail of human sex appeal and explores what is genetic, hormonal and neurological. What is based on sight, smell and on small, subtle cues like voice and movement? You’ll never look at a stranger, your loved one or yourself in quite the same way again.

Scientists used to think that mate preferences were completely arbitrary, but recent studies suggest that there are certain non conscious factors such as sound and smell over which humans have no control that attract people to each other. Scientists wanted to test whether copulance, a natural secretion that women emit to attract men, really affected a man’s level of attraction to a woman. So they asked men to rate a group of women in photographs on attractiveness. But when the men were unknowingly given artificial copulance and asked to rate the women, they were unable to distinguish which women were attractive.

In nightclubs across the world, an invisible biochemical war is going on. Men secrete androstenone, which repels women who are not ovulating, while women shoot back with copulance, which makes men find all of them sexy. Could copulance be a hidden weapon in the armory of attraction?

SCIENCE OF SEX APPEAL is produced for Discovery Channel by The Incubator; Simon Andreae and James Younger are executive producers. For Discovery Channel, Susan Winslow is executive producer.

"From: Caitlin Petrakovitz 
To: Bill Nericcio <memo@sdsu.edu>
Subject: mas litsex gallery shtuff
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009 16:54:22 -0800

I see your banned PETA Super Bowl ad and raise you some style.
Not even late-night television would air this softcore threesome new Calvin Klein ad.  Cait"

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"Hello Professor, I have another interesting song to share with you, Cancion Animal by Soda Stereo."

"It's in Spanish so maybe it won't be too useful to share with the whole class. I remember hearing it in high school and I ran a red light one day because I finally realized what it was about." Brenda Lozano

UPDATE! Brenda has translated the lyrics for the class:

From: brenda durazo 
To: <memo@sdsu.edu>
Subject: RE: ENGL493-01-Spring2009
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2009 02:05:24 +0000

Hi Professor,

Here is my translation. I tried to stay true to the
words of the original =D

Brenda Durazo


Hypnotized by flagellation

Sweet, so sweet

Leather, skin, and metal


When your body doesn’t expect

What they call “love”

Every tear of hunger

Is the purest nectar

There is nothing sweeter

Than desire in chains


When your body doesn’t expect

What they call love



 You ask and you live

Animal song, animal song


Words are no good,

Moaning is better

When your body doesn’t expect

What they call “love”


 You ask and you live

Animal song, animal song

More, more, more…

"I found this video on subliminal sex messages to be very interesting! I thought it was possibly good material for the Sex Gallery."  Marisa Kezirian

'Veggie Love': PETA's Banned Super Bowl Ad

I have just run across a class-related mini-controversy that ropes in the Super Bowl theme of this weekend! Go here or click the image above for the posting and the video.
A very cool student in the class, and a NEWBIE English major, writes in that a film she digs that features materials that relate to our class is IGBY GOES DOWN; here's a few scenes she wanted to share--they are notfor the weak of mind!  She continues, "A book I read for fun last semester that would add to the class is Choke by Chuck Palaniuk and a song I was listening to the other night thatillustrates sadism is Blackout by Lovedrug."

Another student responds to Marisa's post:

"On the litsex gallery, please tell _______________ that if she enjoys Chuck Palahniuk, his latest foray into the sexual is more intense and more engaging that Choke. Snuff was published last year and is about (duh) snuff films.
Not sure what those are? When you look it up, it is most definitely NSFW and more than perfect for this class." Caitlin Petrakovitz
Here's the info sheet! Fill it out and bring it to class!  Click to make it big!

first entry! from an anonymous scribe: "That condom commercial is hilarious but the video no longer plays on that website so a little searching is required. A few people have posted it on youtube. Here, for example:

"The outtakes website still works fine. Also, have you seen this one? Not as sexual, but still humorous and effective."