Category Archives: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Contemplating a Hole In My Underware

In 1767 Van Loo painted Diderot dressed comfortably in blue pajamas. The philosopher did not approve of the portrait, recognizing in himself an old coquette from the Court of Versailles; but by 1772 Diderot regretted his pajamas, writing a whole essay on … Continue reading

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“Making Love Non-Stop Is The Only Thing That Separates Us From the Rest of the Animals,” Beaumarchais, “Marriage of Figaro”

“Women would be the most debauched of all creatures, if not for prudery which replaces all their instincts…. When in love, they resist spontaneously what they desire. And in this ambiguity is their attraction: they are not obscene enough to … Continue reading

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