--Xanthias, a slave
(in the play "The Wasps," line 500, by Aristophanes,
in Greece, in 422 BCE,
translated here by Eugene O'Neill)
It shows the much venerated ancient philosopher, Aristotle, having succumbed to his lust for the beautiful Phyllis, usually said to be Alexander the Great's wife or mistress. According to a common version of the legend, Aristotle had earlier warned Alexander, his pupil, that the young man was paying too much attention to this woman. When the philosopher approached Phyllis with his own desires, she insisted, before she agreed to gratify them, that Aristotle put on a bridle and let her ride on his back around the garden. This he did, and Alexander and a companion is shown looking on. The basic moral of the story is quite clear: even so rational and learned a man as Aristotle can allow his desire for a woman to overcome his reason; he is thus reduced to behaving as beasts do.
(from H. Diane Russell, Eva/Ave: Women in Renaissance and Baroque Prints [Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 1990], page 149)
"Though a woman's preference for physical sexual submission appears to be controlled by the unconscious, inaccessible subcortical part of her brain, this unconscious physical preference is complemented by an independent psychological preference for dominant men. [See footnote 1.]-----
Footnote 1: It's important to distinguish between sexual dominance and submission and social dominance and submission. In mammals, sexual dominance and submission refer to very specific physical actions (such as lordosis and intromission) controlled by circuits in the subcortex. In contrast, social dominance and submission refers to an individual's status in the social hierarchy. Social dominance is managed by a testosterone-mediated neurohormonal brain system that drives status-seeking behaviors in male mammals, including kangaroos, elk, coyotes, and stockbrokers. There are clear sexual benefits from being dominant: ...."
--Mr. Ogi Ogas, Ph.D., 2011 CE
who couldn't win at the gameshow Who Wants to be a Millionare
with the help of his buddy Mr. Sai Gaddam;
so he and Sai write a book together, called A Billion Wicked Thoughts;
and he pretends, when getting some online space on the Psychology Today blog
to promote his thoughts, that he's moved on to other fetishes:
"He no longer watches any steamy porn,
instead preferring the steamy vegetables on the Food Network."
While blatantly hocking his new book, Dr. Ogi Ogas (ah, yes, also famed game show contestant and Homeland Security consultant), offers a highly original and nuanced argument: feminism is ruining our love lives. We’ve never heard that before.
In any case, Ogi (I have to use his first name because it’s just too much fun), is arguing that women and men are both turned on by inequality based on the internet search data he has mined for insights into human sexuality, plus some neuroscience that–surprise, surprise–he interprets as directly correlating with his pre-cooked theory about how people get turned on.
--Courtni Martin, "Feminism, once again, blamed for, well, everything,"
(A review of Mr. Ogi Ogas's stale old gas
"Why Feminism Is the Anti-Viagra:
The neural circuitry of dominance and submission")