Maja Malou Lyse
How do we analyze and criticize without censorship? How do we celebrate critical pleasures? Why is the body a victim of capitalist commodification? How do we theorize sex performance? Why is power sexy??? ..If you wanna go looking for the juicy answers, then this is your new reading list! Here is part 1/5 of my book recommendations! Todays themes is: Politics of producing pleasure, porn and sex work! More topics cumin up.. Happy reading 🤓💋 (Titles; Hard Core by Linda Williams, Post-porn politics edited by Tim Stüttgen, Playing the Whore by Melissa Grant, Feminist Porn Book edited by Tristan Terimino)
If you are reading this and haven’t yet checked out the Instagram page, @habitual_body_monitoring2, you are about to get your world rocked. Maja Malou Lyse runs the thing. She is sex critical and critically sexy (if you ask me).
Does your name mean anything in another language?
I just discovered it means midwife in greek.
Where are you from and where do you live?
I'm a danish gal and I'm based in Copenhagen. At the moment I’m studying my masters in fine arts.
Describe your living space.
New Nordic Strip Club.
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I love your personal style. Where do you shop?
Thank you! I shop on eBay mostly. I also really like shopping clothes at sex shops. The meaning of sexy is subjective, but I really love everything that is commonly marketed as sexy.
Would you consider yourself a bonafide sexpert?
Yes and no! I don’t care much for the term sexpert, but I do care much for the subject. I think that my work often gets misinterpreted for being sex positive, when actually I identify myself and my work as sex critical. In my opinion, the current sex-positivity movement still sneaks in a lot of “should” and ‘oughts” about when, where, and how sex should happen or how it should be.
So like, instead of having the pressure to have penis-in-vagina sex and show how much you’re enjoying it (outdated sex advice) now there’s a pressure to do a range of sexual things and to show that you’re enjoying them (contemporary sex advice). In other words there’s still a sex hierarchy. Sex critical thinking allows more complexity regarding the subject and doesn’t only focus on hyper-positivity.
You live streamed your cervix. What was this experience like and did you get any interesting reactions?
For most, people love the cervix! It's quite mezmerizing, if you ask me. It's only been online for now, I have yet to incorporate it into a live act, as an ode to Annie Sprinkle!
May is international masturbation month and what a perfect opportunity to talk about one of the least acknowledged forms of sex (well, according to cultural notions): sex for one 🙆 On that note, let's shed some light on one of my favorite things (..and the only way I ever masturbate, let's be real!): vibrators!! One could think this device was created on behalf of sexual liberation, but this is not the case at all - actually quite the opposite.. In the late 17th century the first dildo was developed in order to treat women for "hysteria" (..aka sexual frustration, let's be real!) Yup, the worlds first vibrator was a medical device. In times of hysteria, people were socialized to believe that women didn't inhabit any sort of sexual desire of their own and that the duty of sex was simply for the sake of men. Not surprisingly, these beliefs left an enormous number of women sexually frustrated. They complained to doctors of anxiety, sleeplessness, irritability, wetness between the leg and a ~tendency to cause trouble~. This common syndrome became known as hysteria. And since this was a fast AF growing diagnosis, doctors simply got so tired from treating their patients manually by hand, they had to create gadgets to help them out! Believe it or not, using these tools on women was a matter of medical treatment as a "cure", and wasn't in any way acknowledged as a sexual act of any kind. *PS: rumor has it that Egyptian queen Cleopatra invented the first vibrator for her self by stuffing a bunch of angry bees into a hollow gourd💦
You also 3-D printed a clitoris. How big is it and where do you keep it?
They are the average size of a human clitoris! I have a few in different shades and sparkles. I keep them on a rainbow coloured cake stand, piled with dildos, lubes and whatnot, it's a very attractive exhibit!
If you could give a TED TALK on anything what subject would you choose?
Probably something about being sex critical in a hyper sex positive era. Hmm. Or something about self-gynacology, it would be called: I'm not a gynaecologist, but I'll take a look! I once saw that statement on a dudes t-shirt and can't get it off my mind! LOL
You have answered questions and given advice on Adult Radio Shows. Do you have your own sex column?
I should, right!? I actually used to do a sex Q&A on tumblr back in the day. But no, I don't have a column. I'm actually trying to write a book about sex. Truth be told, I hate writing so it's not an easy task for me. I wanna do more radio stuff though for sure!
Is instagram the best platform for those who want to ask questions?
No! And the main reason for that is my long ass acrylic nails, its tricky to type detailed answers on my phone. Haha. Email is better. Come at me, friends.
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