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Decaf coffee and safe sex in Žižek

April 21, 2009

IMO, nowadays only Žižek can get away with decaf coffee and safe sex on the same page.* :mrgreen:

While the two might not seem to be correlated in the first place, Žižek places them in the context of hedonism. Instead of the traditional notion to control or constraint your pleasures a.k.a. desires (in Žižek’s words: find the right balance between pleasures and constraint), the contemporary practice is to combine both.

For example, it’s no longer acceptable to preach on sexual practice, so instead of “Thou shalt not have more than one sexual partner,” (to minimize the risk of getting STDs), the adage of today says “Practice safe sex.”

Safe sex, decaf coffee, fat free cream, alcohol free beer and nicotine free smoking, answer the hedonistic cry of our societies,

“Indulge! But play along.”

The main danger no longer lurks in the excess itself but in not-playing-according-to-the-rules (of the game). As products deprived of their substance, they are experienced as reality – in Lacanian sense – without being so. Marijuana is another example par excellence, it is already a kind of opium without opium.

* Žižek, S. (2003). The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity. Cambridge: The MIT Press.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 22, 2009 14:50


    Ah, sudahlah, toh saya lagi gak punya partner sex cewek juga.

    *membubuhkan kopi pada susu*

  2. April 23, 2009 06:22

    *garuk-garuk kepala malas*

    Akan kutunggu, harus kutunggu, hingga saatnya, giiiiliranku uuu… *sayup-sayup suara Ebiet G Ade, Cintaku Kandas di Rerumputan*

    *membubuhkan susu pada kopi*

  3. April 23, 2009 11:18


  4. April 29, 2009 14:03

    Berhala-berhala baru sesembahan manusia modern…

  5. April 30, 2009 23:29

    @ jensen + frozen
    apa hubungannya kopi decaf dan susu? *bingung*

    @ ekaria27

    @ Mahendra
    manusia dari dulu sampe sekarang teteup seneng menyembah berhala, cuma gonta-ganti bentuk aja 😎

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