37) The inscription of excitations extends the erotogenic
surface of the body, increasing the volume of skin via punctures and scar tissue: 'these incisions, these welts and raised scars, this graphics, are not signs; they are intensive points.
It has its origin in Freud's conception of the sexual drive, less as a unified "instinct" than as a composite, with its source in distinctive erotogenic zones (oral, anal, genital), which are activated through external stimulation (sucking, washing, rubbing).
Not surprisingly, among Clifford's cronies, regression--the traversal of the erotogenic zones in the opposite direction--is a powerful regulatory concept in their discussions: they view sex itself as a "primitive reversion," an atavistic retreat from more sophisticated intellectual and cultural concerns.
When I was fourteen, the highly specialized and erotogenic
touch-zone that exercised the greatest attraction was not, in fact, the mouth, despite my newfound appreciation of kissing, but a "situation" located some distance below.
In his analysis of the erotogenic zones, Freud links them expressly to hysteria and thus to issues of gender:
By opening up the organization of the erotogenic zones to the displaced pleasures of the hysteric, Freud defines the function of the zones not as rigid hierarchical dissections of the body, but as discrete receptacles of stimuli that are potentially substitutable by one another.
The hustler glamour of Paul Schrader's erotogenic
Los Angeles is affected and then dismembered in Haynes' title sequence which bathes in appropriated gloss.
But this controversy really centers around the critical claim that the preoedipal is not to be understood with Freud's synonym, "the pregenital," that is, it is not to be understood in terms of Freud's instinctual drive theory as the period in which libido is expressed primarily in and through the oral and anal erotogenic
zones and in which aggression takes primarily the forms of oral sadism and anal sadism.
Only through the discursive agency of the Oedipal drama does one enter the Law of the Father, the supremacy of the phallus, and subjectivity according to culturally gendered, and consequently heterosexual, metaphors whose generative power depends on the suppression of the polymorphous erotogenic diversity of childhood.
Moreover, unlike Wharton's "perverse" narrative, which engages super-ordinate binaries such as "finance" and "sexuality," "homo-" and "hetero-" desire in a variety of configurations that strategically destabilize them as "natural," discrete categories, the formal organization of Freud's text orders an iconography of sexuality that metaphorizes woman as the natural, reciprocal "other" in the male/female pair, and hierarchizes desire in a taxonomy of gender, erotogenic zones, and reproductive function.
Freud himself derives both of the other "forms" of masochism from the erotogenic
The component instincts--defined by Freud as those attached to pregenital erotogenic
zones, particularly the oral and anal--are organized during the oedipal stage into that genitality that for Freud constitutes human sexuality.