As a performative
player, we are driven by a primary lack at the core of the psychic apparatus.
It compels us to seek fulfillment through the gaze of the other: the elementary
fantasmatic scene of being looked at (validated) by an unseen presence.
The imagined gaze observing us becomes a kind of ontological guarantee
of our being.
It serves to put us in our place -- to subject us. In this way, erotic
cultures of exposure and display can be seen as driven by the need to
perform for the gaze -- the Big Other, the symbolic order -- and therefore
to write themselves into existence. Yet at the same time, these insertions
of the self into the symbolic order can be regarded as a way of channeling
or dissipating surplus energy. From such a viewpoint, the connective intensities
that drive these new forms of self-exposure and display are those of expending
excess, and the allure of showing could parallel that of sacrificing.
The pose, as event-portal, becomes a double-edged solicitor.