Daily Batman: Mad New World and the Marquis de Sade edition

Adam West is such a glorious ham.

Batman, Superman, and … the Marquis de Sade?! Oh, Life. You saucy minxes!

In the 1960s, both high theory and popular culture used the Marquis de Sade to link concerns about violence and social repression with an investment in sexual repression in the psychoanalytic sense. While Sade’s writings suggest the incompatibility of complete sexual freedom with political emancipation, this apparent contradiction was meant to vanish within a framework of general liberation. …

[However,] the elision of the distinction between intimacy and sexual pleasure allowed — and continues to enable — the notion that sexual acts translate into liberationist politics rather than creating potentially insoluble social conflicts.

(Steintrager, James. “Liberating Sade.” The Yale Journal of Criticism 18.2 (2005): 351-379.)

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