Thursday, August 04, 2005

"They want good sex"......just one of many points in Chaucer's litany of what women want (as narrated by the erstwhile head of the department).....of course as soon as she said these words the majority of the female population in class went into hysterical giggles while the young lads with raging (presumably) hormones sat there and snickered away to glory......which brought back fond memories of Class VI......our rather cranky biology teacher sitting there talking about asexual flowers while the last few benches were giggling away and even the studious first benchers were all blushy blushy.....sigh....to think that there isn't much of a difference between twelve years olds for whom sex was the latest scandalous addition to a limited vocabulary and mature (again, presumably) twenty somethings holding B.A. degrees.......and for all those who talk in hushed tones about four letter words : wake up and smell the sunshine - sex is a three letter word!!!

11 Comments:

Blogger Soumik said...

i wonder how u wud care to relate this "general" response to sex with Pasolini's version of chaucer. i mean sex si the main thing in pasolini's reading of canterbury tales or the decameron. i'm nt saying things properly. what i'm getting at is how many discursive registers does sexuality occupy in the reader-response to chaucer?

1:35 AM  
Blogger Soumik said...

pretty shoddy observation that one. don't take it seriously. it has only an ironical value, if any.

1:36 AM  
Blogger babelfish said...

Soumik : All said and done sexual discourse is central to literature right from the classical age; and sex is the sine qua non (or should one say cine qua non, considering Pasolini or Polanski) of some of the greatest literary classics, especially Chaucer....What I'm getting at is the impossibility of the human state in the present day and age when due to enforced sensibilities and social censorship the average response, publicly at least, is outrage and embarrassment...

11:41 AM  
Blogger cass said...

i think a gud deal of the giggling may have stemmed from the embarassment of having to hear words ,ike cunt and cock come out of sajni's mouth...
knowing her teaching style,i wonder how long (in the context of chaucer)it'll be before she substitutes her cousin's shampoo factory with her own sex life?

11:47 PM  
Blogger Sayan Chakraborti said...

I cant remember which class I was in, must have been pretty young, but I do remember hearing of Chaucer in the History class. What did I do? Went straight ahead and bought my copy of The Canterbury Tales from Penguin. Anyway, in all these years, I never managed to read past the first few page... I guess I'll have to try again.

12:09 PM  
Blogger babelfish said...

sayan : have fun :D it don't get steamier than this!!!

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"....sex is a three letter word!!!"
powerful enough to support a planet. Muhahahahahaahahahahahaha.....

10:14 PM  
Blogger babelfish said...

umm..mr/mz anonymous, I quite concur..but who are you?

8:54 PM  
Blogger almost_useless said...

nice post, i identify it and with it as being a sign of indian ness

9:50 PM  
Blogger babelfish said...

almost_useless :hey, thanks for dropping by...

12:54 AM  
Blogger Sphinx said...

That anonymous wasn't me by the way. I do say muwahahaha but that just wasn't me.

11:48 AM  

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