In Seth Price’s book ‘Fuck Seth Price,’ the character behaves as a character who I (and maybe Seth himself) would like to be overpowered by / overpower. If Seth feels a fleeting ability to keep up with the times, a growing and often over dramatized distaste for the young, (and I as young artist feel an immense pressure to show my art fathers and mothers my artistic capabilities) the manifestation of a character representative of that struggle is one who Seth and myself may find especially stimulating— and would probably like to get ‘fucked’ by. It’s all erotic play— really.

Tobias Madison in a review of Seth Price’s essay ‘Fuck Seth Price’, wrote that “Our euphoria turned to anger and back again many times: anger towards a system whose ostensible balance and narrative technologies seduce its observers only to make rubble of the sphere of the self – something most of us have probably experienced within neoliberal capitalism. Our mixed feelings eventually reached consensus: ‘You know what? Fuck Seth Price!’ – which, before we left, I scrawled in marker on a lampshade in the bar.”

I think this is bullshit. To me it reads not as something someone would shout or scribble in frustration, rather, as an anonymous proposition posted to a craigslist page marked ‘Artists who read’. Seth Price has thus created a character he wants to be dominated by, and the performance is punctuated by a quite literal title.

I think Foucault is the reason I like rape porn.

For Foucault, the body is socially constructed by the play of power, which does not necessitate its own powerlessness. Rather, its very ability to resist certain expressions of power is itself attributable to the existence of power… No embodied subject is capable of resisting any and all expressions of power, for the simple reason that to do so would be to undermine that very subject’s ability to act at all.

Lauren Berlant and Michael Warner refuse to acknowledge heterosexuality as an overarching power that is to be rebelled against— “We speak of heterosexual culture rather than heterosexuality because that culture never has more than a provisional unity. It is neither a single Symbolic nor a single ideology nor a unified set of shared beliefs. The conflicts between these strands are seldom more than dimly perceived in practice, where the givenness of male-female sexual relations is part of the ordinary rightness of the world, its fragility masked in shows of solemn rectitude.” Cut them some slack man!

As Berlant and Warner have suggested, this provisional unity is fragile— it begs to be violated and I get off on the subsequent violation. It is erotic solely through its ideological consequences, not by a violation of the law, rather through the violation of an invisible barrier that inhabits the minds of both straight and gay people.

Getting fucked in the ass /// what a diverse audience?

Gay men exact metaphorical revenge on str8 men through fictional rape as a fetishization of LGBTQ struggle. I think what I appreciate most about this act is that it is an exhaustion of pleasure, rather than an ideological act of political subversion. There is then an excellent pressure applied on the schism between the idea and the action. I am not a rape apologist— and think that it would be a mistake to assume a correlation between liking rape porn, and being a rape apologist / propagator of rape culture. Fictional rape is an actual way gay men deal with being at an almost constant disadvantage, whereas an instagram post or an artwork criticizing rape-culture is arguably doing very little to help anyone.

If power is not solely a punishing, authoritarian force which seeks to control the actions of subjects primarily by prohibiting certain ones, if instead it is a subtle, pervasive, creative force which seeks to influence actions on the level of desire and identity, then it is not surprising to find the body as its privileged site.

Context Message, 2012, Install View, Zach Feuer Gallery

A gay man wanting to overpower a straight man and show him the pleasure/ pain of anal penetration, sucking a dick, or getting fucked— exacting some form of metaphorical destruction upon an imagined occupation of straightdom, which will forever be better as an erotic act than it will be politically productive. Again, resistance will always be thwarted— by complacency. And that’s hot!

Milo Yiannopoulos

That same desire is part of the language itself, not because of a repeated perversion of the self over time. I am sure that I did not learn what the word fuck meant only to then decide that I agreed with contemporary slang insofar as it has something to do with a thematic of hate, rather, having mastered the english language to a societally acceptable degree, the two happened with certain simultaneity. Only then was it built into my own understanding of myself, and gay culture. For example, the hashtag fucktrump is directed toward our current president not as a kind gesture, rather it is a wish for a straight hell. It would be bizarre of someone to assume that something along the lines of, “Oh yeah? Well you know what— fuck you,” could ever be a compliment— could ever be anything more than a wish for the worst. And what is the worst? U know. Like Larry Wilmore telling former senior editor to Breitbart news Milo Yiannopoulos (a gay man) to go fuck himself on Bill Maher. Ecstatic, all Yiannopoulos could reply with was a “I’m going to jack off to this all week.”

The joke is that most gay men enjoy being fucked.

Jordan Wolfson in Raspberry Poser

In Seth Price’s book ‘Fuck Seth Price,’ the character behaves as a character who I (and maybe Seth himself) would like to be overpowered by / overpower. If Seth feels a fleeting ability to keep up with the times, a growing and often over dramatized distaste for the young, (and I as young artist feel an immense pressure to show my art fathers and mothers my artistic capabilities) the manifestation of a character representative of that struggle is one who Seth and myself may find especially stimulating— and would probably like to get ‘fucked’ by. It’s all erotic play— really.

Tobias Madison in a review of Seth Price’s essay ‘Fuck Seth Price’, wrote that “Our euphoria turned to anger and back again many times: anger towards a system whose ostensible balance and narrative technologies seduce its observers only to make rubble of the sphere of the self – something most of us have probably experienced within neoliberal capitalism. Our mixed feelings eventually reached consensus: ‘You know what? Fuck Seth Price!’ – which, before we left, I scrawled in marker on a lampshade in the bar.”

I think this is bullshit. To me it reads not as something someone would shout or scribble in frustration, rather, as an anonymous proposition posted to a craigslist page marked ‘Artists who read’. Seth Price has thus created a character he wants to be dominated by, and the performance is punctuated by a quite literal title.

So anyways, not long ago I can picture— a man bent over. His pants are getting pulled down by a crooked police officer and he screams! “Please don’t. I have kids!” Can you imagine? This guy has kids, and he’s a porn star? Fucking awful.