We know that that this seclusion emerges from the unease that this world generates in us
The fear of being defenseless, alone, without aid
Without the simple, calming sensation of burrowing into another’s body
And also the exhaustion, the strain of being misunderstood, invisible, without witness
That drives us towards the pseudo-insurance policy of coupledom
And it’s not simply coupling
We have invented so many ways of hiding from the horrors of this world
And from the ways we inhabit them daily, hourly.
The couple is one form of hiding among many.
This is the tone and mode of (not) engaging with the social that disgusts us.
–CLÉMENCE X. CLEMENTINE AND ASSOCIATES FROM THE INFINITE VENOM GIRL GANG
"Her objective was to use the individual as a conduit for bringing feeling back to the numbed limbs of the social body."
Venus/Aphrodite was, in ancient times, more than just goddess of love, but a powerful creator of life and death in her own right.
— Erica Jong, from Witches; “The Witch,” originally published c. 1981