Among the intellectuals who have explored eroticism—from Sappho to Benedetto Croce, by way of the 18th Century libertines, to George Bataille’ s solar visions and subsequent psychoanalytical discoveries—the crucial issue of an ever present phallocratic bias or rather, if you like, a certain degree of chauvinisme has always played a substantial role.
In this respect, in her 1949 essay “The second sex”, Simone de Beauvoir wrote: «Woman? Very simple, say those who like simple answers: She is a womb, an ovary; she is a female: this word is enough to define her. From a man’s mouth, the epithet “female” sounds like an insult; but he, not ashamed of his animality, is proud to hear: “He’s a male! ».
All the above stirred up the idea of developing "You are mean to me when you wake up at three..." in addition to taking into account, much to my regret, the latest results of the Gender Gap annual index, and only touching on some of the different psychosocial processes the ideological construction of male superiority is based upon, via a visual choreography suggestive of the interplay of gender roles and stereotypes.
The focus is on both the behavioural patterns and positioning dynamics strongly informing a situation of disparity in Western societies, with the—often largely unaware—complacency of its social actors.
(This is) A creative incubator to ponder new strategies aimed at maintaining the “first sex” in control of the “second” by keeping them in a state of contented—or discontented— subordination.