This chapter examines how Sadean misogyny is based on the libertine's view of the female genitalia as a scandalous offense to reason. Nature orders humans to live only for the pleasure of their senses at the same time that she continues to produce millions of creatures sexually equipped to repel them. It is unnecessary to think of the libertine's distaste for the vagina as a disguised fantasy of female castration. Instead, it is a logical consequence of some rigorous speculation about sexual intensities. The most intense Sadean—and sadistic—sexuality depends on symmetry, and with women, Sade's men enjoy the diminished pleasures of asymmetrical sex.
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