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Eroticism has this in common with an addictive drug: that there is a coercive element to its pleasure with which part of us is in complicity, and part not. Thus ever since time began men have been trying to enjoy eroticism without being destroyed by it. Societies, religions can be defined in the way they deal with this conundrum. Polygamy, monogamy with repression, monogamy with affairs, monogamy with prostitutes, serial monogamy. Not to mention individual solutions of great ingenuity, or desperation: Victor Hugo with the door knocked through the wall of his office, to let in a girl each afternoon. Auden's flair for finding call-boys in every town. Picasso who simply refused when wife and mistress demanded he choose between them. Then there is always the hair-shirt of course. But perhaps the thing to remember when you wake up with a life full of fresh paint and tortuous complications is that eroticism wasn't invented for you, nor merely for the survival of the species perhaps, but for a divinity's entertainment. Nothing generates so many opportunities for titillation and schadenfreude as eroticism. Which is why it lies at the centre of so much narrative. How the gods thronged the balconies of heaven to see the consequences of Helen's betrayal! And your friends are watching too. Your antics have put the shine on many a late-night conversation.

On the borders between mythology and history, that wily survivor Odysseus was the first who learnt to trick the gods. And perhaps his smartest trick of all was that of lashing himself to the mast before the Sirens came in earshot. There are those of course who are happy to stand at the railings, even scan the horizon. Otherwise, choose your mast, find the ropes that suit you: sport, workaholism, celibacy with prayerbook and bell... But the kindest and toughest ropes of all are probably to be found in some suburban semi-detached with rowdy children and a woman who never allows the dust to settle for too long.


The winning entry has been announced in this pair.

There were 23 entries submitted in this pair during the submission phase. The winning entry was determined based on finals round voting by peers.

Competition in this pair is now closed.


Entries (23 total) Expand all entries

Entry #4565
Anja Brito
Anja Brito
Canadá
Winner
Voting points1st2nd3rd
306 x43 x20
Entry #3485
Ina Wilms (X)
Ina Wilms (X)
Voting points1st2nd3rd
204 x41 x22 x1
Entry #4349
Voting points1st2nd3rd
173 x42 x21 x1
Entry #3653
Voting points1st2nd3rd
133 x401 x1
Entry #3502
Voting points1st2nd3rd
102 x41 x20
Entry #4387
Voting points1st2nd3rd
91 x41 x23 x1
Entry #4112
Voting points1st2nd3rd
82 x400
Entry #4511
Voting points1st2nd3rd
82 x400
Entry #4372
Voting points1st2nd3rd
61 x41 x20
Entry #3542
Voting points1st2nd3rd
402 x20
Entry #4550
Voting points1st2nd3rd
41 x400
Entry #4544
Voting points1st2nd3rd
301 x21 x1
Entry #3683
Voting points1st2nd3rd
301 x21 x1
Entry #3604
Voting points1st2nd3rd
201 x20
Entry #4517
Voting points1st2nd3rd
201 x20
Entry #3488
Voting points1st2nd3rd
1001 x1


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