P.K. Koenig’s website The O.T.O. Phenomenon has many delightful examples of Eurotrash sexcult absurdity. One of these examples is an excerpt from Pouillet’s “L’onanisme chez la femme” (Paris, 1880). (If you don’t know what “onanism” is, look it up.):
There remains “before all things the sewing machine is the great seductress to lonesome sensuality”, Herman’s citation from Pouillet’s “L’onanisme chez la femme”…(scene: a factory for military uniforms):
“In the midst of the regular whirring of about 30 sewing machines, I suddenly heard a machine running at a much higher tempo. I turned to the relevant seamstress, a brunette of 18 to 20 years. While automatically tending to the piece of work she was sewing, her face brightened, her mouth fell open slightly, her nostrils trembled, her feet moved the pedals with steadily increasing speed. Shortly thereafter I noted a fixed gaze, her eyelids sank, her face became pale, and she threw back her head. Hands and feet suddenly paused and stretched themselves: a suppressed cry, followed by a deep sigh, lost itself in the noise of the surroundings.”quote>
Sigh. Dear Karen DeCoster – a jug of wine, a sewing machine, and thou beside me, vibrating in the Wilderness – oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!