Nonlinear Bits
by Frank Moore

An nonlinear political column.

We went to the movies ... Pasolini's Arabian Nights at Berkeley's alternative theatre. Eating candy, drinking Coke, rubbing each other, pleasure maintained almost until the end of the movie, then quiet coming, thrilling gentle pleasure explosions. Just an ordinary night at the movies. It was far away from the Brave New World morality cops in Florida where a grown man can be arrested and lose his career for jacking off in a sex movie theatre ... where it isn't safe to make love in your own bathroom or bedroom because you can be arrested, lose your home, and be humiliated ... where peeping toms with video cameras are heros as long as they are anti-sex and hide behind children.

Yes, our pleasure at the movies was far away from the state of mind called Florida. Rubbing for enjoyment, just like eating popcorn. Taking public reality back into personal reality is the magical effect of such public acts, which are made invisible to the surrounding reality by the personal everyday nature of such acts, instead of being reactive confrontations. The reason closest to the surface for such acts in public places is the physical expression of enjoying of friends and lovers and humans just being together. But these invisible private/public acts of pleasure become a powerful force for effective political/social/cultural change when they collide on their own with life-denials such as the Florida state of mind. The effectiveness of such personal pleasure acts, which are in reality sexual or cherotic magic, is in the fact that they are not reactive, confrontational, or an exhibition of specialness or difference ... not wrapping ourselves in the glamour of being kinky, perverted, or evil and thereby falsely creating ourselves into an elite above the common human. Being reactionary always chains you to the old reality to which you are reacting.

Instead, these acts of personal magic are creating the alternative reality which we want, reclaiming freedom by acting free, calling forth yin energy by using yin energy. The fact that the feminist movement in the 70's and 80's on the whole didn't use this channel of change created limits to the transformation of gender.

Tracy's doing her "Naked Women in Public Places" photographic series is another example of this reclaiming public reality, returning it to personal freedom. We have done these rubbing good feeling acts of humanness and subversion at baseball games, in the middle of the sidewalk in the afternoon, on trains and planes. For months, five of us sat in the middle of a coffeehouse, playing cards, drinking coffee, kissing, rubbing one another into a pleasure trance. Just everyday human living. Because our attitude to our playing is that it is just everyday human living, we were invisible. No one saw, noticed, or complained. Because the art of invisibility is tricky, I am stopping short of advocating such radical acts unless you are prepared for any outcome. Such invisible action does not have to be at this degree of revolutionary intensity to be effective. Every time you kiss or hug or laugh or smile out in the "public" world, every time you wear colorful sexy revealing clothes, or do not wear a bra (or just wearing one), or any lusty joyful act, you are performing a very powerful magical/political action of which effects can not be deleted by any linear means.

I cannot leave the Florida state of mind without commenting directly about the Paul Reubens' case. I have been seeing FREE PEEWEE buttons and shirts. They did not arrest PeeWee. They arrested Paul. CBS used this falsely combining the artistic creation of PeeWee with the real person Paul when pulling the show off the air. We do Reubens no favors by confusing the two realities. CBS did not can the show for any lack of quality of the show or any lack in the ratings. They canned the show because the man Paul did what he had a right to do ... going to a sex movie and jacking-off* ... and getting caught by the morals peeping tom cops. They canned the show because their product had been damaged by human sex life.

My readers will have no trouble in sharing my righteous outrage so far. But the hard part is coming. What happened to Reubens happened to Andy Rooney and Jimmy the Greek not so long ago. They were fired after they made racist stupid statements, not during their programs, but in their personal lives ... which, if I am not reading the BILL OF RIGHTS wrong, they have the right to do. The networks fired them for the sin of political incorrectness, for damaging the corporate image. I don't know about Jimmy the Greek well enough. But I know Rooney could have been fired long ago for inane on-air commentaries. But when business, government, or political or religious movements (Big Brother is Big Brother no matter what form it takes) can fire anyone for any form of self expression in his private life, freedom itself is killed for all of us. PeeWee did not jack off in his playhouse. The adult Reubens did what he did in his private life.

The Cherotic Revolution is an evolutionary movement, an anarchistic way of change, in which the single person is the center of creative force. This demands the equal access of and to all ideas. This equal access is not a reality as of yet. This is partly because of economic and media monopoly and control. But the main reason for this lack of equal access of and to all ideas and images is the trying by all sides to protect the individual from bad, harmful, wrong, sinful, equal access to the media, and hence to the minds, every side is demanding the banning of the "incorrect" ideas and images. So, for an example, instead of demanding equal access and coverage in the public schools of all religious and non-religious philosophies, the subject is a taboo in the public schools. The underlying premise of the censoring protection is the individual is not strong enough or wise enough to ultimately eject bad ideas. Frankly, I need people like Jesse Helms. If the ideas, magic, and reality which I represent are not strong enough or attractive enough to survive in an equal reality battle over those which are represented by Helms, then what I represent is not worth surviving. I will only fight Helms directly when he tries to deny us access.

I see by the clock on the computer screen that it is time to go ... and I have not admitted that I am a lesbian in a male body ... or written about the denying personal choice by forcing people out of the closet against their will by some gay papers ... or about our boycott of BLOCKBUSTER VIDEOS and BRAVO CABLE NETWORK for censoring practices. Maybe next time.

*Because of the sex iron curtain, we really do not know what Reubens actually did or why he did it.

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