So inextricable was my puberty with my exposure to the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, that to this day, the little “fwwp” sound effect that plays when the characters plugsuits contract gives me some sort of weird slothropian erection as a result. It’s possible for me to say with relative certainty that I spent more total time trying to picture Rei Ayanami’s titties while masturbating furiously in the shower than I did in conversation with any of my peers. If I recall shelf of anime vhs tapes at the local video adventure I am filled with the sort of wistful nostalgia that most people probably experience when they remember their first kiss. --Antonin Artaud
Like many 2dcons*, I am unable to trace the trajectory of my own sexual awakening within the symbolic language furnished by the 3d world. For those who live and love in the 3d world, the language of sex is decidedly floral. Puberty is described as a blooming, budding or blossoming. Our genitals and reproductive processes are given botanical euphemisms. Adolescence is a springtime. In abrahamic terms, humanity is figuratively and literally conceived in a garden.
For the 2dcon, the symbolic tone of this language produces two distinct presumptions which are problematic. The first is that it frames sexuality as a reproductive process. The effect of the horticultural language of sexuality is that sexuality itself becomes inextricable from sex. This then creates the implication that the 2dcon (who cannot seek sex or reproduction) is an asexual person. Which is of course not true. The second and potentially more dangerous implication generated by the semiotic timbre of our sexual vocabulary is this: that it places human sexuality within the world of the natural. Sex is, as a result, segregated from the synthetic in the metatext of our cultural literature. For a 2dcon, sex exists ONLY in the synthetic. This then places the 2dcon in opposition to the conventions of his or her culture in a way that is not only marginalizing but belligerent.
It becomes impossible for the 2dcon to be anything but a degenerate or pervert due to the “unnaturalness” of their synthetic sexuality. This emphasizes why and how 2d sexuality is distinct from the sexuality of the 3d world. For a 3dcon, sexuality originates from within. It has no outside source or extraneous antecedent. It is within them always--regardless of their exposure to exterior forces. Its form may be affected by these forces but it exists independent from them. If those forces had not been present their sexuality would still exist.
For a 2dcon, sexuality is only ever exterior and cannot exist separate, prior, or deprived of the synthetic outside quantities. For the 2dcon sexuality isn't present intrinsically. Sexuality is present in an external form and taken up by the 2dcon. 2d sexuality is totemic. The totemic items are the media, physical or otherwise. Most activity within 2d culture has a purpose and form similar to the totemic increase rituals of tribal societies. In attempting to render the contours of 2d sexuality (alternatively: synthetic, exterior or rhizomatic sexuality) in a way that is understandable to outsiders, I have found the extant rhetorics inadequate.
One can describe 3d sexuality as dendritic due to its interior and intrinsic nature. It originates only at an interior point and develops in a branching manner and no point within this system can be reconciled outside this original point. The nature of this sexual system is highly amenable to the historical colloquy through which we engage sexuality. But, when we attempt to address 2dcons with these same tools we find very little traction. For this reason, it becomes apparent that the discussion and modelling of 2dcon phenomena must occur within an anti-epistomological, schizoanalytical and quantum mechanical critical space.
* 2dcon is a japanese term for individuals with a 2d complex, meaning those who have an attraction to anime characters to the exclusion of all else - ed
Coming Next: Chapter One - Features of the Exterior and Interior: The Dendritic Hierarchy vs. The Synthetic Totem Ritual and the Complementarity