GOOD GIRLS LOOK THE OTHER WAY
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A page in the book Her Tongue On My Theory has a single photographic image of a woman’s closed painted lips. Next to it the caption raises the question: “Stripped of history?” Desire has the power to do just that, to make us forget who we are. It both disrupts and deconstructs. It dismembers and disembodies. The power of desire to seduce, to lead us in dangerous directions is explored in Spike Lee’s moving ﬁlm Girl 6. Oﬀering audiences intense close-up shots of lips-closed, moving, talking-the passion of this ﬁlm is there in the mouth, the voice. Contrary to what most viewers imagine before they see Girl 6 this is not a ﬁlm that exploits the objectiﬁcation of women. This is a ﬁlm that explores the eroticization of stardom, of attention. It is a long slow narrative about lack, about where the inability to feel pleasure can take one. The ﬁlm keeps telling us over and over again that there are spaces in our lives, spaces of longing where nothing matters but the quest to fulﬁll desire. The longing of women and men in this ﬁlm is not for sexual satisfaction but for
undivided, unconditional attention. It is the desire to be seen, to not be erased or rendered invisible that fuels individual longings.