Saturday, September 17, 2011

Hysteria... the movie?

As I was thinking about a topic to write about, the song "Hysteria" by Muse began playing on my itunes. So I figured that I might as well do research on it. According to, hysteria is "A psychoneurotic disorder characterized by violent emotional outbreaks, disturbances of sensory and motor functions, and various abnormal effects due to autosuggestion." As far as the lyrics for "Hysteria" go, they might refer to the female hysteria of the 1800s. The last few lines say "And I want you now, I want you now. I feel my heart implode. And I'm breaking out. Escaping now. Feeling my faith erode." All the lyrics (including the last sentence for some religions) hint that they might be about an orgasm. The "feeling my faith erode" is relevant to some religions that shun sex except for procreation, since sex isn't supposed to be for pleasure. Another article I found was about the Toronto film festival. Tanya Wexler is an American director who showed her newest movie at the Toronto film festival. And it's called "Hysteria." Quite coincidental. There's not much information about this movie out yet, but it's supposed to be a romantic comedy. According to the article, the movie is about female empowerment and the opportunity to have choices. Here's the link to the trailer on youtube. It seems really funny. I also thought that it was very coincidental that Cornell recently had the "I love female orgasms" lecture. I feel like I've been hearing more about female orgasms in a completely serious and open context than ever before. Does this mean that our culture is becoming even more open about sex? If so, how will this influence our future and change our values?

1 comment:

  1. It's so funny that we were just talking about this in class and now they are making a movie on it! What a coincidence! I think our culture has consistently been becoming more open about sex. In each generation, it seems to get more and more open. If you compare now to where we were 50 years ago, the change is so clear.


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