Categories of repurposing


There are many examples of repurposed objects in popular culture and real life, which makes me define categories that, if well-referenced, will allow us to see how easily can objects be oriented and associated to bringing sexual pleasure, violence, memories, etc.

1. Sexual pleasure

I have always found sexual pleasure a rather intriguing and surprising theme as when, for example, I read that a military collector got a WWII artillery shell stuck in his rectum per ‘accident’ (Ladbible news, 2021). The Instagram post ends by saying that ‘while the bomb was disarmed and designed to penetrate tanks, it seems in this case it had a different target’. Bananas and courgettes are usually more usual in the collective imaginary, but probably any phallic-shaped object could penetrate men and women considering the item’s length, diameter and material as well as the inches that the user’s rectum can stretch. In this sense, pornographic videos suggest a world full of possibilities that will disconcert any theorist. While men and women may look for objects to be penetrated with and feel pleasure, men can also look for objects to penetrate as when the main protagonist Jim Levenstein explore sexual possibilities with a freshly baked pie in the iconic scene of ‘American Pie’ (1999). All this resourcefulness at the service of sexual pleasure may have given ideas to sex toys makers although at the end anyone is free to explore their sexuality and fantasies as wished.


Frame of 'American Pie' (1999)

Posted: May 8th, 2022