Ecstasy Unlimited: The Interpenetrations of Sex and Capita!

Laura Kipnis

1985 | 00:59:54 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Activism, Politics, Sexuality

Ecstasy Unlimited is an engaging video essay on the social construction of sexuality. Kipnis attempts to historicize pleasure and politicize desire, to reveal within the current discourse on sex — and within an ensemble of current sexual practices — the production of forms of sexuality that work to guarantee social order, rather than subvert it. Through various narrative ploys and theoretical tactics, the tape attempts to recover traces of a "political unconscious" in contemporary social malaise. Kipnis practices humor as well as social critique; she employs fragmented situation comedy, documentary, songs, animation, and narration to develop an analysis linking discourses of liberation to thriving sex and therapy industries.

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