Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Extract from Jean Baudrillard, Seduction:
Nico seemed so beautiful only because her femininity appeared so completely put on. She emanated something more than beauty, something more sublime, a different seduction. And there was deception: she was a false drag queen, a real woman, in fact, playing the queen. It is easier for a non-female/female than for a real woman, already legitimated by her sex, to move amongst the signs and take seduction to the limit. Only the non-female/female can exercise an untainted fascination, because s/he is more seductive than sexual. The fascination is lost when real sex shows through; to be sure, some other desire may find something here, but precisely no longer in that perfection that belongs to artifice alone.
Seduction is always more singular and sublime than sex, and it commands the higher price.