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    Incest in Pornography and Anime

    One of the most common tropes in pornography today is incest, which has appeared in practically all art forms.The Artifice article "Titillating Anime" codifies many of Anime’s more risqué shows as either parodies of hentai, in which incest and other sexual fetishes are ironically used to critique the genre, or as "something for dads;" however, I believe that there are more serious explorations of incest and prevision in anime. I am thinking particularly of Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai. OreImo goes beyond the typical analysis of incest and perversion by exploring the complex relationships between a brother, a sister, and their mutual friends. All of the shows young characters are isolated by their interest in the ‘perverse.’ Incest and other ‘perverse’ attractions go beyond ironic critiques of genre and/or an art form that allows us access to the ‘forbidden fruit.’ I would be interested in an analysis of this more serious artistic form that might suggest why we are interested in incest, or, at the very least, what hides behind the forbidden fruit of incest.

    • a study of the first relationships humans know, the parents - son/daughter relationship, might be a good place to start. the answer, i suspect, lies not within this relationship but within the more specific study of sociability/isolation of siblings and peers but it begins in the same place as everything else about us (humans). – hawkeye 9 months ago
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    The author of this article also suggests that life is what you make it (see the 4th paragraph). The over arching point, if I have read correctly, is that we no longer have an external Other (God) framing our perception of meaning. That is to say, we don’t kill people because it is a sin; we don’t kill people because we have constructed a ethical understanding of life, death, and murder that is separate from God.

    The Death of a Purposeful Man

    When I first learned to read, I read as many new books as I could. Especially when I started to read longer and more complex texts, as the characters and the story world seemed so alive; however, I noticed that when I reached high school, my desire to discover new stories ebbed, and I more frequently reread the books that made me feel complex emotions in my youth. For me, when I read the last page of a novel or a series, its tragic because I know that the characters will never change. They immediately become lifeless. I would reread to try and bring life back to the story, but it never really worked. Very interesting read. Thanks.

    Why Reread Books? The Pros and Cons of Rereading

    I really enjoyed your essay, especially your conclusion–which I thought was very well done. Thank you for writing! You draw on many different psychoanalysts in the formation of this article, so I was surprised with the lack of Lacan! Most especially because of his extensive work with mirrors, fragmentation, and lack itself. Although, I would guess you fundamentally avoid Lacan, as his work steps away from the notion of ‘true self’ entirely, which I think is a key assumption of your article. Indeed, I think a Lacanian reading would read the image in the mirror as more true than any notion of an “internal” or “hidden” self, as it is the image in the mirror that contains the fundamental message of our lack itself. Therefore, I would probably read your “movement into the realm of illusion” in “Unfinished Duet” in exactly the opposite way: it is at this moment that the speaker is immersed in the Real. In which he sees the Thing that he cannot speak. Perhaps what Alice was really trying to say, when she, but for a moment, almost grasped her name, was, “my name is lack.”

    Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Why Must You Be So Cruel to All?