Deviations: Books – Culture – Kink

Kink does not exist in a vacuum. In Deviations, hosted by Karada House, Apikoros and Barkas will discuss historical and contemporary texts that have shaped kink, sexuality, and our understandings of ourselves.

Each episode consists of a 120 minute unscripted conversation that is unscripted. It is not expected that the audience will have read the texts in advance. Each session is designed to summarize as well as discuss.

Apikoros and Barkas will be joined by Addie who will serve as moderators and direct questions from the audience.

Our book club is a free event. If you’d like to show your appreciation for the work, feel free to support this project via Ko-Fi.

Episode 11: Thomas Hanna: Bodies in Revolt: A Primer to Somatic Thinking

Reading/Viewing List:

coming soon

Episode 15:  Sexuality beyond Consent: Risk, Race, Traumatophilia by Avgi Saketopoulou

Episode 10: Against Sadomasochism: A Radical Feminist Analysis

Episode 9: Sara Ahmed: Queer Phenomenology

Reading/Viewing List:

Edmund Husserl: Phenomenology

Alia Al-Saji:

Hans-Jörg Rheinberger: Towards a History of Epistemic Things

Heidegger’s THING THEORY

Gaston Bachelard: Poetics of Space

Episode 7: Christopher Chitty: Sexual Hegemony

Episode 6: Natasha Nawataneko: Somatics for Rope Bottoms

Reading/Viewing List:

Metabolize if Able, ClayAD,and%20death%2C%20sickness%20and%20wealth.

The Erotic Mind: Unlocking the Inner Sources of Passion and Fulfillment by Jack Morin 

Gay Soul: Finding The Heart of Gay Spirit and Nature with Sixteen Writers, Heaters, Teachers, and visionaries, Jack Thompson. The person referenced in it is Joseph Kramer


Collection of his essays: radically gay, Harry Hay

Der Eigene:

Friedrich Radszuweit and Ernst Röhm episodes:

The disordered Cosmos

Episode 5: Andrea Dworkin: Intercourse

Reading/Viewing List:

Andrea Dworkin’s writings/works that were quoted:
My Life as a Writer
Woman Hating
Last Days of Hot Slit
Right Wing Woman

Quote from Dworkin’s Testimony before Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography, she argued that “”the Justice Department instruct law-enforcement agencies to keep records of the use of pornography in violent crimes” and impose “a ban on the possession and distribution of pornography in prisons”.

Article in The Guardian: Havanna Marking

Carol Pateman – The Sexual Contract

Contract and Contagion (AK Press – Author??)

Up next: Sexual Hegemony

Supreme Court Case: Affirms due process and right to privacy. Gideon v Wainwright 1963

Magnus Hirschfeld: sexuality and privacy (right to sexuality centred around a right to privacy) – divide between the rich and those without means to ‘own’ privacy

Stefan Zweig Die Welt von gestern

Robert Frost – The scholar lays our a grid and mows the field, and the poet runs through the field and lets things stick/grow

Entire comment here: (This is one of the most famous images of Dworkin. The choice of what was circulated about her was super busted)

On the binary of consent:
Angela Mitropoulos
Joseph Fischell – Screw Consent
Contract and Contagion – author?

Douglas Rushkoff – Program or be Programmed
“The digital realm is biased toward choice, because everything must be expressed in the terms of a discrete yes-or-no, symbolic language. We must come to recognise the increased number of choices in our lives as largely a side effect of the digital; we always have the choice of making no choice at all.”

Reminds me of the kinds of sex scenes that Lydia Yuknavitch writes in Chronology of water (TW for sexual abuse)

Cruel Optimism – Lauren Berlant

I haven’t read the Dworkin yet but from the sound of CH2, I would love to see an intellectual lovechild between her concepts there and Karen Barad’s views on touch:

Jose Ortega y Gasset

Episode 4: Master K: The Beauty of Kinbaku

Reading/Viewing List:

Edward Saïd: Orientalism
Christopher Chitty: Sexual Hegemony
Jasbir Puar: Terrorist Assemblages
films by: Minoru Betsuyaku, Masao Adachi, Koji Wakamatsu, Seijun Suzuki, Shuji Terayama, Makoto Sato, Teruo Ishii, Nagisa Ōshima

Episode 3: Michel Foucault’s The History of Sexuality

Reading list:

Foucault: The Care of the Self (Part 3)
Camille Paglia: Sexual Personae
Christopher Chitty: Sexual Hegemony
Roland Barthes: The pleasure of text
Roland Barthes: The Death of the Author
Lorraine Daston/Peter Galison: Objectivity

Episode 2: Paul Preciado: Countersexual Manifesto

Reading list:

Paul B. Preciado: Testo Junkie
Sara Ahmed: Declarations of Whiteness: The Non-Performativity of Anti-Racism
Roland Barthes: A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments
Judith Butler: Gender Trouble
Félix Guattari/Gilles Deleuze : A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia
Mark Thompson: Leatherfolk
Guy Hocquenghem: The Screwball Asses
Guy Hocquenghem: Homosexual Desire
Carole Pateman: The Sexual Contract
Georges Bataille: The Solar Anus
Michel Foucault: The History of Sexuality
Susan Striker: Transgender History
Gayle Rubin: Thinking Sex

Episode 1: Marquis de Sade’s 120 of Sodom

Reading/viewing list:

120 Days of Sodom, or the School of Libertinage (Marquis de Sade)
The Story of the Eye (Georges Bataille)
Literature and Evil (Georges Bataille)
Psychpathia sexualis (Richard von Krafft-Ebing)
Philosophy in the bedroom (Marquis de Sade)
Hegel, Haiti & Universal History (Susan Buck-Morss)
Sade. Fourier. Loyola. (Roland Barthes)
The Sorrows of Young Werther (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
Le Nouveau Tableau du Paris (Henri Martin)
Sexual Hegemony (Christopher Chitty)
Saló or the 120 Days of Sodom (Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy/France 1975)
The Devils (Ken Russel, UK 1971)
The Screwball Asses (Guy Hocquenghem)
Public Toilets, Private Affairs (Marc Martin)
Marat/Sade (theater play by Peter Weiss, film: Peter Brook, UK 1967)
History of Sexuality (Michel Foucault)
Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (Jasbir K. Puar)
The Death of the Author (Roland Barthes)
The Body in Pain (Elaine Scarry)
Visions Of Excess: Selected Writings, 1927-1939 (Georges Bataille)
What is Philosophy? (Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari)