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Spread from Paul Chan’s Wht is a n occupation?, 2011, unique paper book, e-book, PDF.

Paul Chan

Spread from Paul Chan’s Wht is a n occupation?, 2011, unique paper book, e-book, PDF.

MICHEL FOUCAULT was a comic genius. Take his theory of the rise of pornography in the West. No, he doesn’t pin it on the Greeks. Foucault suggested that the greatest pornographers—the ones who profited most by inciting and spreading sexual desire—were the Catholics. And they achieved this distinction by institutionalizing the most charged erotic form ever invented: the confession.

The church was, among other things, a social platform for expressing one’s innermost thoughts and desires. Because the church claimed the authority to absolve its members’ sins precisely through their acts of confession, it guaranteed the right to speak freely when performing this sacrament. Foucault speculated that this encouraged a social compulsion to confess. Members were urged to use the church as a medium for talking about transgressions that the church could then forgive. The clergy in

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