came out in the halcyon days of early fall, when love and sex were in the air, along with other ordinarily extraordinary things like sun and anger and injustice and friends and an idea of the future.
The essays below wrestle with Witt’s smart, wry, and sometimes menacing explorations of free love, non-monogamy, and the social and economic forces that shape our intimacies.
It's a web red light district, and unlike some gaudy Dutch strip or seedy sidewalk, you're completely anonymous. The basic premise of the cam girl game is a simple one: You pay a girl for her time, and in exchange, she'll take off her clothes, talk to you, play with herself (and others), or any combination thereof.
When your money is up, so's your time — the two of you part ways until you've got the cash and willingness to go at it again.
Clementi eventually found out, after Ravi posted about the webcam incident on Twitter.
Clementi's death brought national attention to the issue of cyberbullying and the struggles facing LGBT youth.
There, in house after house, was a heterosexual nuclear family, both parents working, usually with multiple kids, and no one had any time to act on thoughts they might have about squandered romantic opportunities.
Most couples saw each other as help to get through the day.
They revisit the utopian strains in Witt’s book from the other side of a great catastrophe of public life in the US to push even further the forms of radical intimacy that now, once again, feel urgent and necessary.
The virtual roundtable also includes a selection of video stills by the artist Ayden Le Roux and concludes with a retrospective essay by the author of concerns people for whom an old narrative about love and desire—the one that culminates in marriage, monogamous commitment, and the nuclear family—is no longer as unavoidable as it once was.