March 16th 2 – 4pm
(Connected Programming to New York By Night)
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. But pornography is a direct denial of the power of the erotic, for it represents the suppression of true feeling. Pornography emphasizes sensation without feeling. - Audre Lorde
We will meet and discuss the ideas in the essay Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic As Power by feminist poet and activist Audre Lorde. Essay can be found online and in the book Sister Outsider. Refreshments will be served.