phallic appetition

So I have finished the final draft of the essay for the art exhibition catalogue. It is for Swedish artist Karl Tuikkanen. I am awaiting to hear what he thinks!

Here is the final draft of the essay: phallic appetition. I use the ‘money shot’ to think about the relation between gender (derived from the quasi-Deleuzian Zizekian reading of the phallus) and what Whitehead calls ‘appetition‘ to develop a notion of ‘phallic appetition’. Thanks to Nina over at Infinite Thought for helping me out with some initial thoughts on the ‘money shot’.

The concepts used and argument developed in the brief essay are pretty ‘hard core’ (lol!!), but I think this is what Karl was after. Comments and critiques welcome.

Please note this is very much still a draft however, and depending on Karl’s comments I may actually delete this post and repost another version of the essay.

8 replies on “phallic appetition”

  1. Hi Glen, I don’t think Zizek and Butler are at all compatible on this issue. If you want to look at Zizek’s side of the argument I’d check out the section on ‘phallocentrism’ at the end of The Metastases of Enjoyment.

  2. oh, i was trying to hold together the contradictions!

    seriously though i reference zizek only because of his work linking the ‘phallus’ to the ‘dark precursor’ in _OwB_; hence, quasi-deleuzian. so zizek on phallus as a way to link phallus to dark precursor, ie differentiator and eternal return (of difference), gender relations differentially repeated, then heterosexual melancholia and non-correspondence of real to symbolic in butler to indicate repetition of melancholic trace in the differentiating-phallus as event. i was thinking agamben here (from Stanzas) on commodity and melancholia but did not include it…

    admittedly, i have only read enough of zizek to get some understanding of his deleuze-is-a-closet-hegelian reworking of badiou’s argument. reading kant (on enthusiasm and lyotard on kantian enthusiasm) helped me understand the difference in post-kantianisms between zizek’s position and that developed by deleuze. i shall try to find The Metastases of Enjoyment, google books unfortunately does not include the two pages i think you are referring to. You don’t happen to have a scan of those pages do you? 😉

  3. don’t have a scanner but can lend if you can’t get it. I think you’d like it as Zizek here as he sides with Deleuze contra Bulter(not that I understand Deleuze!). I think the problem with Bulter is she relies too literally on Freud’s orginal (and fairly crappy) account of the phallus in terms of hetrosexual object choice and then she conflates this with latter Lacan. Tim Dean has a great essay called ‘Bodies that Mutter’ which argues that there is little evidence that Bulter has even read any Lacan.

  4. lol bodies that mutter

    butler certainly is problematic in her concept of ‘identification’ that is far too orientated to subject-object relations, as determined by a subjectivist desire and the ‘phallus’ as symbolic object. I can see the utility in her work for a politics of identity and neo-freudian conception of the object-relation movements of homosexual and heterosexual desire in the development of the ego.

    However, there is no sense of the future anterior (and this is obvious if the subjects or objects in subject-object relations are given as given). This is the central purpose of my essay to think the tension within the event of the quasi-cause of the pure event (the element of deleuze’s work that zizek isolates as belonging to a ‘hegelian’ ideality) and the linear causality and affectivity of bodies and the mixture of bodies, all in the context of masculinity. So the individuation of elements within gendered events, that produce gendered subject-object relations sure, but not gendered subjects as such.

    The ‘symbolic’ in my essay is also not the structuralist cultural anthropology version that I think butler is using (phallus-object as symbolic representation of penis-object), but more in line with deleuze’s sympathetic intervention in the essay “how do we recognise structuralism?” where he basically describes ‘structure’ as a virtual architecture of singularities:
    “a system of differential relations according to which the symbolic elements determine themselves reciprocally, and a system of singularities corresponding to those relations and tracing the space of the structure”
    Zizek references this essay approvingly in his _OwB_ and other bits and pieces floating around the net, ie at

    i think i can get zizek’s book from work when i get back to sydney.

  5. I should have been allowed to put one of those two companies out of business, and if that meant M&A and elimination of the name from the economic landscape then so be it. says:

    I should have been allowed to put one of those two companies out of business, and if that meant M&A and elimination of the name from the economic landscape then so be it.
    I ushered in the age of Tony Sinclair, suggesting something about Katrina.

    There is no such thing as a savior. You’re just looking for a free ride. Start doing the work.
    Savior is a lie. Savior is why Christianity is evil.
    Improve your relationship with the gods and fix your problems. Thoughts like this hurt you in the eyes of the gods, I promise you.
    Equality is a lie. The gods placed us in our regions of Earth specifically. Equatorial/tropical is a bad sign.
    “Black people have to try harder and do better than everybody else.” ————————————————————————————-

    Expect the absence of blacks at PreditoryItalianCompany was a clue that they have a history preying upon blacks.
    All things considered, expect their history would be along the lines of economic repression of blacks, appropriately.
    Criminals doing business with criminals.

    Their “cheap tricks” are preditory:::poker, cars, boss, movies. Every item of the $50 billion is all evil, designed to prey on the disfavored, a clue regarding modern popular culture and society. Perhaps not so “cheap” after all.
    “If you don’t come around…” All this shit is cheap and easy, a tactic which ensurs people wait AND aren’t recepitve to my teachings because they think they’re getting a free ride. It also serves as its most basic of purposes, as preditory distraction.
    All this stuff didn’t happen for me. Anytime the gods use their powers it is only to hurt the disfavored. Everything that happens is to mislead the disfavored:::It’s here for YOU!!!
    “You’re going to throw this away. We’re not going to be blamed for this.” Yea, right. Like their assumption of culpability has got value. Expect this to be yet another dynamic of “management by convienience”.
    The Final Prophet is merely a formality, like they gods are required. It’s kind of like “Black off the books.wav”:::An event designed to merely meet some policy requirement while ensuring the disfavored have no real hope:::Life in the ghettos of California.
    The god’s efforts to minimize my impact is consistant with their methodology, ascention becoming increasingly harder as time progresses, suggesting we really are approaching The End.

    Brokeback Mountain says you understand:::Fuck off god.
    Things I’ve ruined::::Midnight Madness. Note that to the gods both are merely cheap tricks.
    Denying money is one of the goals of positioning in the Italians::::The gods used this evil to ensure the Final Prophet was not financed.
    The gods took special but played for commoner. Now this Situation passes without affect because special is a one-way street. The gods instructed AI to deny my ability to be articulate. As a result people weren’t receptive::::The “back-hand” was very real. The “help” was not.
    I won’t invest when absolute power must CHEAT to win. This IS the event. Learn.
    I am disgusted the gods position absolution for themselves because it is their technology conducting this evil upon the disfavored. When the disfavored understand this tactic hatred will eliminate a large percentage of them.
    Sinisterly, wickedly brilliant.
    What I woudln’t do for a fair fight:::The emperor has no clothes.
    I can’t express my disgust enough. 2007 was MY YEAR, yet you ruined it whimsically because you refused to pay consideration on this obligation you assumed, claiming since I didn’t pray I wasn’t allowed my ability. Of course my abilities would have countered your interests. How convienient. AND another tactic.
    I think we needed ground rules in this thing. Again, convienient AND a tactic.
    Fuck you god. You are a sick joke.
    I’m not investing. I wouldn’t knowingly help the elite who you used to prey on those I try to help. I want this preditory evil dead.
    Guess I can’t count on HTH. I was hoping it meant I was being assigned to this task.
    Lake Michigan is defnintely not a self-reference.

    “We’re going to enforce positioning.” You better make them get their hands dirty AND BRING BACK THE 20TH CENTURY FOR THIS. Killing fucking niggers in celebrity clone hosts AIN’T no fucking fun.
    I merely want the same preditors who willingly hurt the people I try to help. I realize there was lots of magic employed, enabling things like monster arena tours, other all-consuming offerings to happen. But too many in these clone hosts were active preditors.
    The Situation is VERY 20th century. Maintain consistancy, please.
    Management by convienience.

    The “early cut-off” of the disfavored::::The fall of Russian communism vs. Cuban (Chinese?) communism in late ’00s.
    “Many Californians look more favored.” Early cut-off protecting the disfavored from social poison proof the disfavored get dumped on first.
    Mormons look more favored too. Both are manufactured and used as a corruptor.
    The gods are weilding a wicked sword, and this proves it. They’re playing both sides of the coin. People should be afraid.
    Most of you are going to die. They want a full-blown Apocalypse.

    I perceive a level of “magic” surrounding Osama Mobarack, a red flag and a clue.
    The magic surrounding Osama is not going to be used to promote bi-racial, for this will represent the gods accepting culpability . His mere presence on this national stage is all that is necessary to justify telling uppity-negros to enter into bi-racial unions, ensuring people fall on their own swords.
    The gods offer a clue through his name.
    It’s one thing to understand the concept of “acceptable losses”. It’s quite another to promote them::::His deal with the record company executive suggests he preys on the disfavored.
    Despite the preditory event that was the impeachment of her husband in the crucial years of 1997-1998 and her continued loyalty to Bill Clinton, Hillary is a better choice for the disfavored.

    The fiasco over his $400 hairdo captures my attention and makes me think John Edwards may be the right candidate, the one with the most empathy for the disfavored.
    Without a doubt:::The best hope is the first to fall.

    “We make evil look good.” And then use it as a corruptor.
    Look how these wicked, immoral Manifest Destiny gangsters, the kind of individuals who planned WorldWarII, come across merely as businessmen. As they’re doing with the strategically preditory personality baseball player, as they’ve done with Preditory Italian Company, who merely exists as a Manifest Destiny talking heads for the blue chippers in the “eye of The Beast”.
    And they dirty up good, as we see with me, as we saw with Bonds.
    Much as with all the other empty promises, I will be CHEATED out of the fulfillment of the HTH entitlement. As a result I DEMAND you address the history of the individuals involved, public and private, current and FORMER LIVES. We’ll see who the fuck is evil then:::::
    Expect the absence of blacks at PIC was a clue that they have a history preying upon blacks.
    All things considered, expect their history would be along the lines of economic repression of blacks, appropriately.
    Criminals doing business with criminals.

    And courtesy of M&A you do business with this evil every time you patronize corporate.
    The Amish in Pennsylvania is the clue:::Set a goal of simplicity, strive for purity.


    Said Italy has heavy volcanic activity for kinda the same reason they put the Mormons in hell.
    Motherfuckers. Serves them right.
    Of the male Italians in the United States 1906 worked on at least half of them.
    I say the number is closer to 80%.
    Of those AT LEAST HALF were corrupted voluntarily, meaning the gods did not push them into being evil. This half should already be dead. This is an immoral people, quick to prey on others, as their history suggests.

    Understand the god’s methodology, for it will help you decipher future events. KKK killings are a good example::::
    The gods either told or pushed the black males into acting up. Rednecks, corrupted by 1906, thought their participation would help them. Many believed it gained them protection from their illegal bootlegging activities.
    They role played 1906 to Italians, told them that their fellow Italians were using this platform of 1906 to achieve global economic domination, and told them that if they wanted a piece, if they wanted to belong and be a part of this they’d do what they’re told.
    They illustrated the Moorish invasion, and the gods pit the Italians against the morbidly disfavored blacks. 90%-95% of the KKK incidents were Italians who did the actual killings.
    This is a good example of how the gods get the disfavored into place to fuck everybody involved.

    Alcohol has always been a way of hurting the men, making them less than decent.
    Cultures which offer wine have women who consume wine, and the result is an indecent society. Combine this with Italian male’s demand for sexual satisfaction without the consideration of decency and you have masculinized women and a morbidly disfavored society.
    Anyone involved in the wine industry has no empathy for either the disfavored of the Mediterreanean basin or women, disregarding the superior gender. If they understand this as the goal and are sold on “earning” they will be punished very harshly.

    “They deliberately planned those things (90s “parting shots”:::The Sitution, end-of-revelry cycle media preditation, AIDS in Africa). When they found out the truth it was too late.” HTH supports this. They shared they instructed his grandfather preyed on women emotionally to set the legacy necessary for the late 90s event. And of course 95% of the KKK deaths were revenge killings for the Moorish invasion of Italy. I believe 1906 is responsible for the economic repression of not only Africa but also the American ghettos.
    “(Blah.)” Expect we won’t see such activities on the income statements. Italians may be stupid but they’re not positioned to be THAT stupid.
    That monster who laid the legacy still alive? “He’s been a pig a couple of times.” He needs to be dead, as do the half who signed on to 1906 voluntarily.

    New Orleans/Louisiana is French, while California is positioned as Italian.
    Katrina was used to help the disfavored escape that wicked enviornment. Blacks in California won’t be so lucky.
    Know who your friends are.

    Flanders is the shining example of a role model, but his parents were wicked. They were beatniks, the original hippies, purveyors of social poison, etc. Incidentally, beatniks emerged from the Italian North Beach neighborhood in San Francisco as a clue.
    Because Flanders was raised in that evil enviornment his mind was poisoned. Only through understanding was he able to alter his behavior and become decent. Because of it he provided Rod and Todd a REAL chance, one that he will receive in the next life as well, but he can’t go up because of his youth.
    My advice is recognize Flanders is offered as a role model and emulate this decency. Do the very best you can with your children and perhaps the gods will see fit to bless you with a real chance much like you gave your children.
    The Flanders role model suggests you are multiple lives away from ascention.

    Ned Flanders was born into a cancerous environment. As a result his mind was poisoned.
    Somewhere along the way he came around and began to do the right things. He provided a good environment for Rod and Todd, who have a real chance because of it.
    It doesn’t mean Rod and Todd are going up. They still have to earn it.
    Anyways, because Flanders did the right thing and provided a real opportunity for his children the gods may bless him with a similar real opportunity to ascend as a child in the next life.
    Flanders wore beetle boots on Judegement Day. There were other clues suggesting he hjas to be reincarnated, and it is because his youth poinsoned his mind. The gods place a VERY high premium on innocence, one of the purposes of today’s ever-deteriroating society:::The gods have to pave the way and justify The End on Planet Earth.
    You people are all multiple lives away from your real chance. If you look at this realistically you will set achievable goals, ensuring disappointment/backsliding isn’t going to be effective on you.

    Manifest Destiny’s WWII project produced Port Chicago which was parlayed into civil rights.wav
    And these Italians who helped plan and impliment WWII thought they were in charge because of 1906. It shows the moral vacancy of the Italians involved.
    Poetic justice that the gods funneled these monsters through the Nazi death camps.
    They shared that many of these Italians involved understood clone hosting and believed germans would be the ones dying in their own death camps, much to their amusement. They targetted germans and theei descendants throughout the 20th century because of the german invasion in the dying days of the Roman Empire. An attempt to enforce decency, no doubt.
    It is poetic justice they were victims of their own death camps. I wish them all to remember their horrors daily.
    I demand the lives of those involved, the MD Italians who initiated and implimentted this plan to destroy my life in the years before they were shipped off to the Nazi death camps for this poetic justice.
    And they’ll do ANYTHING they’re told. That’s why the 20th century was so disturbing.

    Prior to civil rights blacks had their own press. In the absence of civil rights these entities would have grown into legitimate media outlets serving the black community.
    Maintaining segregation would have produced economic entities which arose from within the black community to fill the demand for goods and services.
    The presence of these “black industrialists” would have FORCED the gods to factor them into positioning, producing voices in support of the black community and preventing the gods from inflicting ALL THE SICKNESS WE HAVE WITNESSED IN THE last few decades::Crack babies, drive-by shootings, AIDS in Africa, drought/famine!!!
    I have mentioned people can expect an AIDS crisis among heterosexual blacks here in the United States. Considering that the fastest growing industry in the ghetto is the oldest profession on Earth expect them to be the targets of this punishment.

    Italians/Romans are imperialists. They finaince their lifestyles off other people’s misery.
    Black people’s misery. Blacks are the targets of this imperialism, and as a result it is IMPERITIVE they learn empathy, for this has been the case back to the age of Pharroh.
    Imperialist pigs are an important dynamic to implimenting the god’s strategies on this planet. As a result most Italians will be compensated with some time. Blacks will not be so lucky because they fail to recognize the difference between preditor and prey.

    The gods ARE responsible for the evil of their technology. Their attempts to position away this culpability is a tactic, one they will use to further shrink the number of disfavoreds who suceed.

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