Do Popular Genres Map to the Seven Emotional Pathways of the Mammalian Brain?

The eminent neuroscientist, Jaak Panskepp, pioneered the study of emotion in mammals. He is famous for, among other things, tickling rats in the lab to make them laugh, but his work wasn’t a joke. He discovered that all mammals, including humans, share the same seven emotional pathways, commonly identified as: fear, care, lust, rage, panic/grief, seeking, and play. These are not vague “predispositions” teased from … Continue reading Do Popular Genres Map to the Seven Emotional Pathways of the Mammalian Brain?

SHUNGA! The Art of the Woodblock Money Shot

Last Sunday, my buddy and I went to see an exhibit on shunga, traditional Japanese erotic art, mostly dating to the Edo and Meiji eras. The term shunga translates as “pictures of spring”, a euphemism for sex, and many of the works were similarly titled — “Placing the peach in the golden vase.” It’s difficult to describe the Japanese attitudes on sex. On the one … Continue reading SHUNGA! The Art of the Woodblock Money Shot

Namio Harukawa’s Gender-Swapped “Hentai” Art

namio harukawa is a japanese artist known for inverting the traditional themes of hentai and other graphic erotica of his country which typically (but not universally) depict men in positions of sexual control over young (or even underage) women, who are usually submissive, often groped (secretly but in public, like on a crowded train), sometimes bound, and occasionally degraded through extremely humiliating acts, such as … Continue reading Namio Harukawa’s Gender-Swapped “Hentai” Art

Eros Surrealismus: All Creativity is Sexual

We are the animal brain: hunger, impulse, response, a desire to survive… but not for survival’s sake alone–survival for the sake of reproduction. All higher brain functions derive from or are filtered through the hypothalamus (hunger, thirst etc.), amygdala (emotions), and midbrain (sleep/wake/arousal). You cannot escape it. It is your anatomy. We are the animal brain: hunger, impulse, response, a desire to survive… but not … Continue reading Eros Surrealismus: All Creativity is Sexual