chapter  7
Power, Sexuality, and Intimacy
Pages 20

This myth is both description of and prescription for capitalism, patriarchy, and the state. Its silence about women focuses the problem: Where is there, in this tale of power and sex, room for intimacy, for the knowledge and expansion of self achieved through knowledge of the other? How does an economy that exploits people and nature, all the while encouraging personal enrichment, create expectations for sensual pleasure? Where the political system attempts to control the person and psyche, even while celebrating individual autonomy, whence the self-trust and hope that creativity and generativity require? Given the pervasive inequality in our society, how can intimacy, which presumes a certain democratic and reciprocal attunement between people, obtain?