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Beginning to See the LightSex, Hope, and Rock-and-Roll$
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Ellen Willis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680788

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680788.001.0001

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Classical and Baroque Sex in Everyday Life

Classical and Baroque Sex in Everyday Life

(p.106) Classical and Baroque Sex in Everyday Life
Beginning to See the Light

Ellen Willis

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents the author’s reflections about two kinds of sex: classical and baroque. Classical sex is romantic, profound, serious, emotional, moral, mysterious, spontaneous, abandoned, focused on a particular person, and stereotypically feminine. Baroque sex is pop, playful, funny, experimental, conscious, deliberate, amoral, anonymous, focused on sensation for sensation’s sake, and stereotypically masculine. She outlines how classical and baroque sex differ with regards to factors such as time, location, number, lighting, clothing, food, drugs, music, pornography, sex manuals, devices, sexism, feminism, and national characters. For instance, with regards to time, sex at night is classical; so are sunrise and sunset, while high noon and half an hour before dinner (or during dinner) are baroque. With regards to location, outdoor sex is classical; sex in back seat of a car is classical if you’re a teen-ager, baroque otherwise.

Keywords:   classical sex, baroque sex, sexuality, sexual behavior

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