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The Dark Side of the Sexual Revolution

“Here is the dark side of 1960s ‘sexual liberation’: the full commodification of sexuality. . . . sex is an absolute necessity, to renounce it is to wither away, so love cannot flourish without sex; simultaneously, however, love is impossible precisely because of sex; sex which ‘proliferates as the epitome of late capitalism’s dominance, has permanently stained human relationships as inevitable reproductions of the dehumanizing nature of liberal society; it has essentially, ruined love.’”

– Slavoj Žižek, Violence: Six Sideways Reflection (New York: Verso, 2008), 35-36.


  1. Hill wrote:

    Who is he quoting at the end? Zizek is great.

    Monday, September 8, 2008 at 12:45 pm | Permalink
  2. Halden wrote:

    The quote is from Nicholas Sabloff, “Of Filth and Frozen Dinners” in Common Review, Winter 2007, p. 50-51.

    Monday, September 8, 2008 at 12:48 pm | Permalink
  3. john.arne wrote:

    Just bought it… looking forward to read it.

    Monday, September 8, 2008 at 1:50 pm | Permalink
  4. Nate Kerr wrote:

    This reminds me of the film The Girl From Monday, in which human beings have been commodified and whose market value increases at each turn in which they engage in genuinely detached, “objectivized” sex acts. Does anyone know if Zizek has written on this film at all?

    Monday, September 8, 2008 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

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