Fetishism Essays

  • Transvestic Fetishism

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    Transvestic Fetishism Introduction Someone you know-any male close to you-could be having a secret "affair" behind closed doors and you may not even be aware of it. Not to worry, it may not involve another woman. This man may be having an affair with female clothing. If so, it is safe to say that this man is suffering from a transvestic fetish. What is a transvestic fetish? Transvestic Fetishism is a psychosexual disorder found mostly in men. To better understand this disorder, we must

  • Fetishism, perversion and the Gay Identity

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    Fetishism, perversion and the Gay Identity The contemporary Euro-American idea of identity as coherent, seamless, bounded and whole is indeed an illusion. On the contrary, the self carries many internal contradictions and nuances as a reflection of the many roles that a person plays in various social circles. Identity is partially post-social and socially constructed though rituals and disciplinary acts. In turn Delany challenges the concept of a Gay Identity, an entity of being that could be

  • Commodity Fetishism in Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence

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    Commodity Fetishism in Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence Commodity fetishism is a term first coined by Karl Marx in his 1867 economic treatise, Das Kapital. It takes two words, one with a historically economic bent and another with a historically religious bent, and combines them to form a critical term describing post-industrial revolution, capitalist economies. Specifically, this term was used to describe the application of special powers or ideas to products that carried no such inherent

  • Essay On Fetishism

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    suffering from what is now called fetishistic disorder deal with their urges and feelings in their day to day lives. When put into perspective, fetishes are not what they seem and the people that have them are not so “strange” after all. The term “fetishism” first came to light in 1887. Psychologist Alfred Binet first presented the terminology to explain those that feel sexually attracted to inanimate objects. As the years passed, other psychologists such as Richard von Krafft-Ebing and Sigmund Freud

  • Summary Of The Devil And Commodity Fetishism

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    In The Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America, Michael Taussig describes how commodity fetishism plays a large role in both peasant and industrial societies. The concept of commodity fetishism is rooted in capitalism, but the effects of it are not the same for each type of society. The differences are made clear by first understanding that the South American peasant societies Taussig describes are precapitalist, that is, when “ there is no market and no commodity definition of the value and

  • What Is Commodity Fetishism

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    Commodity fetishism refers to the Marxian concept of the decontextualization and mystification of the social relations of production in the process of commodification. In consumer culture this concept often highlights the characteristics of advertising brand discourse which tend to overlook the production of commodities especially in large scale productions. They ignore the social and environmental cost and instead focus on creating additional meanings and symbolic agency around brands. In this

  • Commodity Fetishism Essay

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    objectivity” . It is in other words the manner of penning commodities with social qualities. In the marketplace, consumers and producers view one another by means of the goods and money that they exchange. Marx argues that what led to commodity fetishism was ultimately, capitalism . What happens then is that the social relations that are interlaced in the production of said commodities are made to disappear. In that way, the social relations that together links us to other people across space and

  • Commodity Fetishism Essay

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    The idea behind commodity fetishism is that the relationships that were once between people have been transferred over to the products of said people’s creation. The abstractness of the item’s economic value has somehow taken a tangible form that gives the item value through exchange rather than the labor required to produce it. The line between an item’s falsified intrinsic value and the labor that was required to make it has been obscured to the point that we exaggerate the value of the item. Eventually

  • Commodity Fetishism Research Paper

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    In today’s society through close investigation of overly influential people and advertisements, non-environmentally friendly production techniques and privacy issues, ethical consumption has proven to be impossible. Karl Marx defines commodity fetishism as “the perception of the social relationships involved in production, not as relationships among people, but as economic relationships among the money and commodities exchanged in market trade” (CITE). This concept is especially present in today’s

  • Devoteeism

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    Exploiting People with Disabilities?” (2016), he discusses his feelings regarding disability fetishism (also known as Devoteeism), as a man with cerebral palsy. He concludes that although there is some benefit of being wanted sexually in a society that considers disability as an inherent weakness, fetishizing disabled people as objects of desire has the potential to be grossly problematic. This fetishism produces discourse surrounding what is acceptable when discussing disabled identity in tandem

  • Case of a Serial Killer: Albert Fish

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    system, Biography resource center, Albert Fish ). So much so, that the character, Hannibal Lector in the movie Silence of the Lambs is partially based on him. Murder was not the only thing that Albert Fish indulged in. He also dabbed in cannibalism, fetishism, pedophilia, voyeurism, exhibitionism, and masochism. Fish was born on May 19,1870 in Washington, D.C. and was placed in an orphanage at age five after his father passed away. During his stay at the orphanage, Fish observed and experienced numerous

  • Ed Gein

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    Father 'George 1873-1940', Brother 'Henry 1901-44'. Residence(at Time of Murders) - 160-Acre Farm Seven Miles Outside Plainfield, Wisconsin. USA. Murder Type/Practices - Serial Killer / Graverobbery, Necrophilia, Cannibalism, Sadism, Death Fetishism. Method/Weapons Used - Shooting / .22, .32. Organization - Mixed. Mobility - Stable. Victim Vicinity - Plainfield, Wisconsin. Murder Time Span - 1954 - 1957. Victim Type - Old Women. Victims - Mary Hogan (Died 8 Dec 1954), Bernice Worden (Died

  • Marx's Idea of Workers' Alienation From the Production Process

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    Alienation is the process where by people become foreign to the world they are living, we can also say, is the transformation of people own labour into power which rules them as if by a kind of natural or supra- human law. The origin of Alienation is FETISHISM-, which means the belief that inanimate things (COMMODITIES) have human powers that will be able to govern the activity of human beings. [Estrangement &Alienation]. Marx points out, that Alienation is the human labour, which created culture

  • Scopophilia

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    Literature review. The media has changed significantly over the past decades. Technology has modified our abilities to expand our communication network, and it allows companies to spread their commercials over many different continents. Research done by Roberts (1993) shows that adolescent and children are often very influenced by media that involves sexual or violent conduct. This research is based on media involving children and adolescents, however this does not eliminate the effect media has

  • Feminism In Vertigo

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    A foundational argument made in “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” (1975) by the well-known feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey posits that in cinema the ability to subject another person to the will sadistically, or to the gaze voyeuristically, is turned onto the woman as the object of both (23). Mulvey asserts that the female figure as cinematic icon is ultimately representative of sexual difference, a signifier of the male castration complex. The woman is “displayed for the gaze and enjoyment

  • Evaluation of Women and Desire in The Beggar's Opera

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    desire and power. An often aphoristic overview of the traditional power struggle between men and women frames a world in which marriage reduces the wooer's desire but raises his power by an equal degree through ownership as a husband. This commodity fetishism of the wife spurs, in turn, the external desire of potential suitors, restoring equilibrium to the scales of eros. I will argue that Macheath's eventual capture (disregarding his brief escape and ironically crowd-pleasing twist-ending) stems from

  • Daniel Miller's Material Cultures: Why Some Things Matter

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    that prevents any simple fetishization of material form. Indeed we feel that it is precisely those studies that quickly move the focus from object to society in their fear of fetishism and their apparent embarrassment at being, as it were, caught gazing at mere objects, that retain the negative consequences of the term ‘fetishism.’ It is for them that Coke is merely a material symbol, banners stand in a simple moment of representation or radio becomes mere text to be analyzed. In such analysis the myriad

  • La Cultura y la Mercancía

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    La Cultura y la Mercancía RESUMEN: Adorno and Horkheimer adopted the notion of the fetishism of commodities for the analysis of art and culture. Material, physical goods are not identical with symbolic ones. In spite of being predominant, the culture industry cannot be taken as the prototype for all analyses of culture. One cannot reduce all cultural products in the market economy to market products. The plurality of artistic and cultural practices found in countries such as Brazil calls into

  • Clockwork Orange And The Age Of Mechanical Reproduction

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    the destruction of tradition means the destruction of authenticity, of the originally, in that it also collapses the distance between art and the masses it makes possible the liberation which capitalism both obscures and opposes. While commodity fetishism represents the alienation away from use-value and towards exchange-value, leading to the assembly line construction of the same--as we see relentlessly analyzed by Horkheimer and Adorno in their essay The Culture Industry. Benjamin believes that

  • The Fetishism of Coffee in America

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    sight of where things come from and how they are produced. A key component of production is the producer. The consumer does not pay enough attention to the ethical treatment and wages of the producer. This paper discusses Karl Marx’s premise on Fetishism of Commodities and its direct relation to the production of coffee, focusing on the value of the coffee bean as well as how that directly impacts the farmer and his family. As industrialization evolved people worked long days to produce everyday