Speaking of Margaret Cho

Image behind Margaret during her new HBO show, "Beautiful"

Image behind Margaret during her new HBO show, "Beautiful"

She’s got a new special on HBO that is hilarious and subversive and great.

Her material is unbelievably filthy but there’s a sweetness and innocence about her approach to sexuality that I find absolutely endearing.   She doesn’t seem fixated on any of it.  It’s like talking about sexuality without the de-repression boomerang reaction.

So much of the way sexuality is handled in public discourse seems to be a reaction to the long history of repression that, for us moderns, probably derives from Victorianism.  Lots of comics talk about sex but there’s an undercurrent of repulsion or fear or anger in their “openness.”

Reaction to repression is just as defined by repression as submitting to repression.  I think Cho’s attitude represents a willingness to meet all the issues of sexuality (particularly queer culture) fully and fearlessly.  She would be the last person to say she’s without issues.  Her willingness to work through her issues with her audiences I find very cool.


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