Thanks, Erich!

In 19th century Europe stalking was an accepted courtship method, not usually welcomed by the target, but not shameful or illegal. When Alice James visited Paris she was astonished find that one of her French friends, a married woman, was reluctant ever to leave the house unaccompanied. (This is everywhere in the fiction: Kierkegaard, Gogol, everyone). The old word “streetwalker” was based on the assumption that all unaccompanied women were available.
 
The plot of Jame’s “Daisy Miller” turned on the fact that America was not like this? Why? Because Americans were sexually repressed Protestants, were alienated from their bodies, and the guys didn’t feel obligated to fuck everything in sight. And then Erich Fromm came along, and we got Norman Mailer.
Published on March 9, 2017 at 6:39 pm  Comments Off on Thanks, Erich!  
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