Hi everyone, been a while. One thing I sometimes find challenging about this condition is that it can feel like being alienated from the rest of the human race.
Sexuality is generally seen as something essential to human life, which for most people it is. In that sense ours is a cruel and unusual fate, and looking at the representation of normal, healthy, functional sexuality in television shows and other forms of popular media can make us feel even more excluded and alone (speaking for myself, at least).
However, the longer I have gone on, the more I realise that actually, suffering is a universal condition. It takes many forms, and even if it doesn’t always look quite like this, sometimes it is remarkably similar. And there is a long history of art that looks very deeply into this suffering, and often - but not always - finds possibilities for redemption, which I think can also be very helpful for people in our condition which often seems without remedy.
So, in this light, I am wondering what stories, whether in books, films, TV shows or whatever, people have found to have a particular connection to our condition.
I’ll get the ball rolling. It’s been a while since I read it, but Hemingway’s ‘The Sun Also Rises’ features a protagonist who had his private parts blown off in the war. He has a very close friendship with a woman whom he yearns to be able to love in the usual way, but of course, he cannot. Interestingly, it has been speculated by some that Hemingway himself was impotent.
It doesn’t have to be something with such an obvious connection as that, although it might be. Could just be something you connect to on a deep emotional level.