Eve Sedgwick anticipated a version of this: "Some people's sexual orientation is intensely marked by autoerotic pleasures and histories--sometimes more so than by any aspect of alloerotic
Scholarly attention of any kind is motivated by a tropism towards its object(s) and necessarily involves both auto and alloerotic
elements, especially since the product of that attention (at least in the humanities) tends to be the scholar's own minutely laboured-over writing.
are true only to varying degrees and for many people are not true at all: that everyone 'has a sexuality,' for instance, and that it is implicated with each person's sense of overall identity in similar ways; that each person's most characteristic erotic response will be oriented toward another person and not autoerotic; that if it is alloerotic
, it will be oriented toward a single partner or kind of partner at a time; that its orientation will not change over time.
In her essay, "Jane Austen and the Masturbatory Girl," Sedgwick argues that "autoeroticism per se in the twentieth century has been conclusively subsumed under that normalizing developmental model, differently but perhaps equally demeaning, according to which it represents a relatively innocuous way station on the road to a `full,' that is, alloerotic
, adult genitality defined almost exclusively by gender of object choice" (112).
While she also does not specifically mention celibacy or chastity in her longer list, Sedgwick does list two categories that could include the celibate: "Some people like to have lots of sex, others little or none" and "[s]ome people's sexual orientation is intensely marked by autoerotic pleasures and histories--sometimes more so than by any aspect of alloerotic
By acknowledging that betrayal, rage, fear, anger, and anxiety, as well as desire, hominess, love, and identification--those emotions and cognitive states most often expressed upon entering into net-relationships with net-personalities--are symptomatic of a motion sickness and disorientation induced by looking through computer-distorted lenses at non-stationary gender objects; and by articulating desires that can never be confirmed heterosexual (or homosexual, for that matter), female or male, Internet sexuality and the Turing test point towards the realization that all our alloerotic
desires and pleasures in real and virtual reality are always deeply masturbatory.
This trial by fire obliterates at once his infantilized relation to Satis House and the calloused hands of his youth: he is required to pass through it in order to locate the appropriate alloerotic
, heterosexual object.