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The Animals that Treat Us Badly
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Gťrard Wajcman

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The Animals that Treat Us Badly
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…RARD WAJCMAN

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We submit nature and its savagery retreats to constant surveillance. Where the hell is it anyway, this nature? Science and technology jerry-rigged a gaze that makes of us the new gods of the earth, all seeing and everywhere. From on high in our watchtowers we contemplate creation. And when all is said and done our gaze unveils nothing but our own savagery. A scientific savagery, highly cultural in the end. A whole new genre. Cameras pointed in all directions at every living creature, and for what? For one, itís to see how it fucks. For it is not only discontent with civilization that has us coveting the animal lot; itís the inexhaustible mystery of the sex, of la nuit sexuelle where weíve wandered since the dawn of our kind. All thatís gone pretty bad in society, and it hasnít been so hot either in our own love lives. At ease in the bedroom, at least from what you hear. Between men and women itís been pretty messy, the big disorder. Not necessarily unpleasant of course; itís not war, itís not some kind of permanent fuck up, itís rather a kind of mixing up and clearing up, a for whatever itís worth, come what may, do what you can with what youíve got. In the end, sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesnít. No set rule, no rhyme or reason. Not at all as it is with animals, where everybody seems to know perfectly well how to do it. How, and with whom, and when. The blessed and the blissful.

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