The pear-tree vision literalizes the polymorphous perversity
possible through the liberation of Eros and crucially, also fictionally enacts a racially sensitive version of Marcuse's insight into the sublimation and diminishment of Eros into a genitally centered heterosexuality poisoned by a hierarchical society.
For his version of Comizi d'Amore, the artist recast the original film as a contemporary reality-TV show, in which four divas--Catherine Deneuve, Jeanne Moreau, Marianne Faithfull, and Antonella Lualdi--engage in emotionally detached mating rituals, the scope of which exceeds any gay/straight dichotomy and revels instead in polymorphous perversity
In the 70's, he frets about joining the National Gay Task Force, which "was never going to usher in a libidinal revolution that featured androgyny and polymorphous perversity
as its starring attractions.
With these well-made but unpretentious vessels for our apprehensiveness about a bioengineered world in which "managed" versions of polymorphous perversity
become universal and unstoppable phenomena, Ross operates, to that extent, in the classic mode of artists from the Enlightenment through the nuclear age and beyond who, amazed and terrified by the advances of science, filter fact through fantasy and pour new fears into old bottles.
This was the source of my primary (though minor) discomfort with the book: As truthful as she seems hell-bent on being about the rest of us, she does no more than scratch the surface of her own polymorphous perversity
What she has done is to discover not the polymorphous perversity
of human figures but the occasional and orgiastic upsurge of light as it has its way with the adulterous melange of bodies no longer confined to gender or even genitality.