Perversions on Parade is the first extensive critical analysis of Brazilian author Glauco Mattoso's work. Author Steven Butterman asserts that Mattoso makes a significant contribution to postmodern literature as well as a worthwhile study of the potentialities of human sexuality. Butterman focuses on a variety of effects that Mattoso's work inspires. Rather than just brushing over its evident anti-aestheticism, Butterman discusses what that anti-aestheticism sets out to achieve. The answer is to bring to light the existence of a primal human sexuality that has been obscured and oppressed by the aesthetic standards of civilization. The book goes into how Mattoso's writing dares people to think beyond the societal structures of what's right and wrong or what actions or body parts are considered pleasurably satisfying and which are written off as disgusting. Once people take steps toward questioning the basis and validity of the rules, they are introduced to a new level of freedom and perhaps an unprecedented level of satisfaction.
Butterman also stresses that Glauco Mattoso's work is pertinent to gender studies,
considering how it breaks from the rigid conventions that a person can and should only obtain satisfaction from certain body parts of someone of the opposite gender.
Even more interesting is the connection that Butterman makes between Mattoso's increasingly transgressive work and how it parallels the progressive increase in social and
political freedom that occurred during the same time period in Brazil.
Whether you want to learn more about alternative modes of personal expression, gain a better more well-rounded understanding of human behavior, or study the dynamics between national politics and cultural movements, Steven Butterman's Perversions on Parade is an engaging, compelling, and exciting way of achieving any or all of those goals.
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...Butterman's analysis of Mattoso's work is irresistibly compelling if you're intellectually curious enough to seek an understanding of how or why the human animal develops fetishes. One famous example is Quentin Tarantino's love of feet, as seen here: