In Rodriguez’s Intro to Queer Futures, the opening sentences are about a move towards “another kind of sexual future.” They say, “It is sexual in the queerest of ways, meant to inspire intense feeling rather than reproduction; it is multisensory, asynchronic, polysemous, perverse, and full of promise.” This reminded me of the film Married to the Eiffel Tower, in which we observed a woman who had sexual attractions and physical and emotional connectedness to structures (like buildings, bridges, or monuments). This sort of sexuality is one that many people are not familiar with, but one that easily seems to become the butt of a joke or one that is easily parodied for comedic fun. But Rodriguez’s claims that queer sexuality is about more than sex, but rather the political, the social, the fantasy, the connectedness, I found it easier to understand the woman in the film’s sexuality. I think that the way that Rodriguez urges her readers to rethink the way we think about sex, and to direct our understandings towards a future that is possibly even less sexually-centered, really hones in on the themes of the film. The film itself forces us to rethink the way we understand sexuality, and quite obviously the physical act of sex is the center.
Melissa McDougallFilm, Intersectionality