LISI RASKIN is a visual artist and writer living in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. She is an Associate Professor of Painting at Tyler School of Art.
UPDATING (THE) USES OF THE EROTIC
By Lisi Raskin
from Georges Bataille and Jean Genet to Audre Lorde and bell hooks
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The erotic has often been misnamed by men and used against women. It has been made into the confused, the trivial, the psychotic, the plasticized sensation. For this reason, we have often turned away from the exploration and consideration of the erotic as a source of power and information, confusing it with its opposite, the pornographic.