Thinking S-L-O-W-L-Y

Is it just me, or is there something a little odd about the similarity between the “slow-sex movement,” described here, and the slow-food movement?  (The latter is now organized into “Slow Food,” a non-profit that seeks “to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.”)  Is it just the names that sound the same, or is there something related about savoring women’s bodies and savoring food?  Or women learning to savor their own pleasure, and to take pleasure in food, instead of abusing themselves with it?  I’ll have to think slowly about this one.

-Bridget Crawford

cross post: Feminist Law Professors

One Response

  1. As the article cited by Professor Crawford reports,

    “The founder of the One Taste Urban Retreat Center, Nicole Daedone, sees herself as leading “the slow-sex movement,” one that places a near-exclusive emphasis on women’s pleasure — in which love, romance and even flirtation are not required.”

    Actually, a form of solo gratification has existed for both men and women from as early as the Neandertal age (or even earlier). Woody Allen named solitary sex as sex with the “one person” one loves (but that isn’t necessarily true, really).

    I’m all for combating reliance on fast food which is economically draining for many, nutritionally suspicious often, and a public health issue for people with low and no incomes. On the other hand, who really wants to reject “love, romance, and even flirtation?” A small number who will make no contribution to the serious question of ubiquitous fast food.

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