quote by Laura Mulvey

In a world ordered by sexual imbalance, pleasure in looking has been split between active/male and passive/female…In their traditional exhibitionist role women are simultaneously looked at and displayed, with their appearance coded for strong visual and erotic impact so that they can be said to connote to-be-looked-at-ness

— Laura Mulvey

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Now sexual obsessions are the basis of artistic creation.

Accumulated frustration leads to what Freud calls the process of sublimation. Anything that does not take place erotically sublimates itself in the work of art

When people read erotic symbols into my painting, they're really thinking about their own affairs.

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Black women have always been these vixens, these animalistic erotic women.

Why can't we just be the sexy American girl next door?

First, it was not a strip bar, it was an erotic club. & And second, what can I say? I'm a night owl.

There must be a certain look of availability in the women I photograph.

I think the woman who gives the appearance of being available is sexually much more exciting than a woman who's completely distant. This sense of availability I find erotic.

Christianity has enriched the erotic meal with the appetizer of curiosity and spoiled it with the dessert of remorse.

Graze on my lips; and if those hills be dry, stray lower, where the pleasant fountains lie.

The most erotic zone is the imagination.

We tend to think of the erotic as an easy, tantalizing sexual arousal.

I speak of the erotic as the deepest life force, a force which moves us toward living in a fundamental way.

Erotic or sexual love can truly be love if it is not selfishly sexual or lustful.

Madness, mayhem, erotic vandalism, devastation of innumerable souls - while we scream and perish, History licks a finger and turns the page.

I suppose that a lifetime spent hiding one's erotic truth could have a cumulative renunciatory effect. Sexual shame is in itself a kind of death.

Erotic intelligence stretches far beyond a repertoire of sexual techniques.

It is an intelligence that celebrates curiosity and play, the power of the imagination, and our infinite fascination with what is hidden and mysterious.

Some people underestimate how erotic it is to be understood.

Whosoever says truffle, utters a grand word, which awakens erotic and gastronomic ideas.

An anagram of Axl Rose is oral sex. Why do I know? Because when I'm not playing music I love solving erotic jumbles.

No erotic work of art is filth if it is artistically significant;

it is only turned into filth through the beholder if he is filthy.

I want to eat the sunbeam flaring in your lovely body.

.. and I pace around hungry, sniffing the twilight, hunting for you, for your hot heart, like a puma in the barrens of Quitratue.

The mom doesn't become sexy; the woman does. You have to retrieve the woman from the mother. And she may need to separate to do that: a bath, a walk. She must cordon off an erotic space.

I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair.

My best works are erotic displays of mental confusions.. with intrusions of irrelevant information.

Eros seizes and shakes my very soul like the wind on the mountain shaking ancient oaks.

Her lips on his could tell him better than all her stumbling words.

With her eyes alone she could give this response, this absolutely erotic response, as if febrile waves were trembling there, pools of madness... something devouring that could lick a man all over like a flame, annihilate him, with a pleasure never known before.

In erotic love, two people who were separate become one.

In motherly love, two people who were one become separate. The mother must not only tolerate, she must wish and support the child's separation.

The very general occurrence of the homosexual in ancient Greece, and its wide occurrence today in some cultures in which such activity is not taboo suggests that the capacity of an individual to respond erotically to any sort of stimulus, whether it is provided by another person of the same or opposite sex, is basic in the species.

Most of us will get turned on at night by the very same things that we will demonstrate against during the day - the erotic mind is not very politically correct.

I do not deny that I have made drawings and watercolors of an erotic nature.

But they are always works of art. Are there no artists who have done erotic pictures?

The raging fire which urged us on was scorching us;

it would have burned us had we failed to restrain it.

The truly erotic sensibility, in evoking the image of woman, never omits to clothe it. The robing and disrobing: that is the true traffic of love.

I don't think there's anything innately erotic about pigs.

But, generally, they are sweet, shy, mysterious creatures. Especially the little ones. When they get big, they get kinda gross

We lie in each other's arms eyes shut and fingers open and all the colors of the world pass through our bodies like strings of fire.

All art is erotic. The first ornament to have been invented, the cross, was of erotic origin. It was the first work of art. A horizontal stroke: the woman lying down. A vertical stroke: the male who penetrates her.

Erotic play discloses a nameless world which is revealed by the nocturnal language of lovers. Such language is not written down. It is whispered into the ear at night in a hoarse voice. At dawn it is forgotten.