The Age of Perversion: Desire and Technology in by Danielle Knafo

By Danielle Knafo

We have entered the age of perversion, an period within which we're changing into extra like machines they usually extra like us. The Age of Perversion explores the ocean adjustments happening in sexual and social existence, made attainable via the continuing technological revolution, and demonstrates how psychoanalysts can comprehend and paintings with manifestations of perversion in medical settings.

Until now theories of perversion have constrained their scope of inquiry to sexual habit and private trauma. The authors of this ebook widen that inquiry to incorporate the social and political sphere, tracing perversion’s existential roots to the human adventure of being a wakeful animal stricken through the data of loss of life. supplying either artistic and harmful chances, perversion demanding situations barriers and norms in each zone of lifestyles and comprises transgression, phantasm casting, objectification, dehumanization, and the unconventional quest for transcendence.

This quantity provides numerous scientific circumstances, together with a guy who lived with and enjoyed a intercourse doll, a girl who desired to be a Barbie doll, and a web intercourse addict. additionally tested are situations of common social perversion in companies, the psychological well-being care undefined, or even the govt.. In contemplating the ongoing impression of expertise, the authors talk about the way it is altering the perform of psychotherapy. They speculate approximately what the longer term could carry for a species who will redefine what it ability to be human extra within the following few a long time than in the course of the other time in human background.

The Age of Perversion provides a singular exam of the convergence of perversion and know-how that would entice psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists, social staff, psychological well-being counselors, intercourse therapists, sexologists, roboticists, and futurists, in addition to social theorists and scholars and students of cultural studies.

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Spike Jonze’s film Her (Ellison, Jonze, & Landay, 2013) about a man’s romance with his ­operating system, received rave reviews and was touted as “prophetic” and “­profound” (Generation Film, 2013). Similarly, Ex Machina (MacDonald, Reich, & Garland, 2015) is a film about a man who very convincingly develops a romantic interest in an android. Person-​to-​ person contact is increasingly being replaced with person-​to-​machine contact, and as machines become more intelligent and interactive, this trend will become more common.

Included in this chapter is an addendum written by Davecat. Chapter 4 examines women’s profound relationship to dolls and includes a window into the world of women who live with and care for realistic baby dolls. This chapter also describes the psychoanalytic treatment of Barbara, a woman who wanted to be a Barbie doll. Knafo describes how she helped Barbara leave her dollhouse and appreciate her human qualities –​by overcoming her fear and anger directed against herself and others. Part II of this book broadens the concept of perversion to include historical, social, and existential dimensions.

This we call techno-​perversion, the cultural perversion facilitated by technology that rapidly changes interpersonal and social norms. For instance, the phenomenon of catfishing (see Chapter 6), the creation of fictional online identities for the purposes of seduction and exploitation, would not be possible without the Internet. Interestingly, as we develop technology, we create more technology to help us control our addiction to technology. New apps are developed to help block and control Internet usage to curtail the “data-​driven life” (Singer, 2015) and how-​to books are counseling ways to stay human in a posthuman world (Lanier, 2011; Carr, 2011; Powers, 2011; Rushkoff, 12 12 Introduction: the age of perversion 2010).

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