The Politics of Collective Intimacy


The world becomes intelligible for us through patterns, composed of existing objects and orientations. However, as a queer feminist I am not interested in justifying the existence of these patterns, but in questioning them, in which way can they serve me to create different, more, and better objects  of desire.

These objects (people, emtions, the state, nature, food, possetions, etc.)  make the world not only intelligible for us but also construct a space that again provides potentialities for certain actions.

There is public space and private space, political and personal space, but where is the dividing line? When is something political and when not, when is an action private and when does it take public character?  What happens to space if it is not claimed? Is my body a space? Is it private? Personal? Public? Political?

These questions cannot be answered with a clear yes or no, because there is a hierarchy of importance, a clear division of objects and patterns that belongs to either one, and hence some are considered by the predominant opinion more important than others. The construction of intimacy is for example a tool to keep things in place. It helps to silence certain voices/issues, bodies, people and desires, sometimes even abuses,  that some patterns do not even become an issue. Therefore we consider it extremly political to play with the idea of intimacy, to question and interrogate spaces and objects of our desire in relation to the intimate. In our workshops we use masturbation as a tool to reclaim our body through pleasure, but in a collective way in order to explore the tensions between individual/collective, public/private, personal/political. Our bodies and pleasures are political, even if we gather in non-public spaces, or do not take a megaphone to scream it into everybody’s faces. We want to construct together the space and politics we want to live, rather than preserving the space other groups, who claim to be “Political”, allocate for everything that does not fit their agenda to the personal, private because it is a non-issue. To quote a stanger “there are more important things than feminism this country needs”, we cannot think of anything that would be more vital than to question how power is constructed and maintained, in order to cause a change. How should change happen without alternative reclamation of space, and the cultivation of joy and pleasure, of self care, individual and collective awareness, things I cannot think without feminism?


3 thoughts on “The Politics of Collective Intimacy

  1. It was almost an accident that I’ve got into the Collective Intimacy Workshop. Of course, I meant to go there, but until I found myself there in the middle of the workshop having sexual pleasure, I thought this would be something like a yoga. It did start very much like that – body exercises, breathing and making sounds, stretching up and down. Then, in a quite relaxing atmosphere we’ve tried touching our bodies. At this point I had my first discovery – I realized that probably some parts of my body I tried touching for the first time in my life, and on the part of self-pleasure there’s a lot for me to learn. After some minutes I was having a real nice sexual pleasure, and when the workshop was over I didn’t want to go home.
    It is really worth trying.
    Also, what I liked, is that the atmosphere was so to say witchy. There were some small rituals with candles and stuff, which added to the general atmosphere and stimulated a nice feeling of sharing collective energy.

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