When Art and Sex meet

Clayton Cubitt created an interesting video art series, called Hysterical Literature, where women were asked to read from their favourite book while being stimulated until they reach orgasm. Cubitt is a New York based photographer and filmmaker and the intention of these series was to explore feminism, the mind-body dualism and the contrast between culture and sexuality.


“Art is simultaneously a reflection and reaction to society; its mere intention is to be honest and unfiltered. If this is understood, why then does sex now cheapen the artistic message?”

 -Danielle (Session 03)


The series consist of twelve short films or sessions, click on the videos bellow to watch. Feel free to comment, we highly value your opinion.



Session One: Stoya reads "Necrophilia Variations" by Supervert


Session Two: Alicia reads "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman


Session Three: Danielle reads "Still Life With Woodpecker" by Tom Robbins


Session Four: Stormy reads "American Psycho" by Bret Easton Ellis


Session Five: Teresa reads "Sexing the Cherry" by Jeanette Winterson


Session Six: Solé reads "Beloved" by Toni Morrison


Session Seven: Amanda reads "A Clockwork Orange" by Anthony Burgess


Session Eight: Margaret reads "Sleeping Beauty" by A.N. Roquelaure


Session Nine: Marne reads "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror" by John Ashbery


Session Ten: Janet reads "Friendship and Character" by Ralph Waldo Emerson


Session Eleven: Toni reads "The Portrait of a Lady" by Henry James


Session Twelve: Fette reads "The Loser" by Thomas Bernhard


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