Marcuse on Lovemaking in Motorcars

Compare love-making in a meadow and in an automobile, on a lovers’ walk outside the town walls and on a Manhattan street. In the former cases, the environment partakes of and invites libidinal cathexis and tends to be eroticized. Libido transcends beyond the immediate erotogenic zones–a process of nonrepressive sublimation. In contrast, a mechanized environment seems to block such self-transcendence of libido. Impelled in the striving to extend the field of erotic gratification, libido becomes less “polymorphous,” less capable of eroticism beyond localized sexuality, and the latter is intensified. – Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man

Is Marcuse correct? Incorrect? Who can even tell?

P.S. As Elvis quite rightly put it, there’s no room to rhumba in a sports car.

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