chapter  10
Sex for Thought
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The missing element in the current debate about pornography can be put as a proposition derived from Claude Levi-Strauss: sex is good for thinking. In La Pensee sauvage and other works, Levi-Strauss argues that many peoples do not think in the manner of philosophers, by manipulating abstractions. Instead, they think with things-concrete things from everyday life, like housing arrangements and tattoos, or imaginary things from myth and folklore, like Brer Rabbit and his briar patch. Just as some materials are particularly good to work with, some things are especially good to think about (bonnes a penser). They can be arranged in patterns, which bring out unsuspected relationships and define unclear boundaries.