on fucking octopuses

A couple of days ago, the Marxist-feminist theorist Sophie Lewis tweeted a thread about a documentary she’d seen involving a man’s relationship with an octopus. A Catholic writer named Elizabeth Bruenig (whom I can’t link, because she has blocked me), triggered a pile-on against Lewis, in which Lewis was accused by various anti-intellectual parties of having libeled the subject of the documentary, of advocating for bestiality, of equating homosexuality with bestiality, and various other things. Lewis had done none of these things, but the pile-on spread to two further constituencies: the usual anti-sex crowd, who were looking for an opportunity to say “queer is a slur” or something; and a constituency of young, queer lefties whose objection seemed to be that Lewis’s thread was cringe, and that they didn’t so much mind that they’d been whipped into a frenzy by the author of anti-sex articles for

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