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February 02, 2007

The woman who doesn't exist


Never underestimate the power of Lacanian analysis; or rather, of the logic of desire that can be graphed using Lacan's methods. Take Marilyn Manson as a for instance. Does the end of his relationship with Dita Von Teese signal a problem with my supposition of a McGowan Effect? The apparent difficulty was Manson's taking up with the wholesome Evan Rachel Wood. But not for long; I say. Oh, the relationship may last, I would suggest for approximately the same time as each of Manson's previous relationships. His psychic defenses appear to be capable of misrecognizing his beloved in another through a specific series of operations whose telos is as predictable as Rachel's forthcoming change of hair colour. It is not the persistence of Manson's neurosis which I doubt but the persistence of Rachel Evan Wood's supposed wholesomeness. Go Fug Yourself points to a transformation that is already well underway (hat tip to Agent Bedhead).

Oh, but before we go: WHAT IS THE DEAL, woman?

I mean, seriously. Has it escaped your notice that you appear to be shacking up with Marilyn Manson? And that you're 19, and he's, like, 38 or so, and also a horrific prince of doom? Did he give you beer goggles that make him look like Kiefer Sutherland? Does he turn back into a cuddly little pumpkin after midnight? Is his junk made of Diet Coke? WHAT? What is it?

Because it's rather well documented -- we're certainly not the first to say it -- that you are starting to turn yourself into his ex, Dita Von Teese.

For further details Flea-readers might refer to Joyce Huntjens "Vertigo. A vertiginous gap in reality and a woman who doesn't exist." Manson's neurosis is nothing exceptional.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 2, 2007 07:01 AM


Your conclusion that Manson's quest is not out of the ordinary was going to be my question!

Seriously, though, aren't we all looking for Jake Ryan?

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 2, 2007 11:13 AM

My eternal quest is for Willow Rosenberg.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 2, 2007 11:25 AM

Without his makeup and colored contacts Brian Warner is a rather ordinary-looking guy, not handsome, not horrifically ugly. But women don't go for looks -- much. On the other hand, I don't see what there is to go for. A quirky sense of humor? Been there, done that -- it's not enough.

Posted by: Andrea Harris [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 3, 2007 11:38 AM