Coitus Interruptus: Sex, Bram Stoker, and Dracula
“Coitus Interruptus: Sex, Bram Stoker, and Dracula” is a novel written by Elizabeth Miller. Its central argument is sex whereby the author discusses further sexual practices, reasonable fear or fantasy. She has also touched on gang rape whereby some females experience such sexual oppression. Other sexual topics include fellatio, aggressive female sexuality, bestiality, incest, homoeroticism, pedophilia, necrophilia, and sexually transmitted diseases. These are common problems associated with sexual activities, and the author bases his arguments entirely on that. In her passages, he has examined different ways of presenting his content whereby he focuses on twisting some of the sexually offensive words to derive a different meaning (Miller para 3). She goes out of context to translate the difficult words for her audience to grasp the main content and understand more about sex. Some of the gaps present in the novel are intentional as the author did not want to sound any different from other writers who focus on similar content.
“Unsafe Sex: Romancing the Vampire” is a novel by Karen Backstein. It talks about the appeal that has been provided to the vampire films in the 21st century. The audience is now different and has been convinced that the genre talking about vampires in love is a relevant one that they can rely upon without problems. The heroine vampires in the story are shown to emerge out victorious, and as a result, it is noted as one of the most successful vampire stories. The modern vampire presented in the story is shown to be stronger and less vulnerable to the actions of man. The author mostly puts her focus on a male character that is faced by dangerous situations and as a result, becomes more sensitive. The male vampire has been portrayed to be consistently haunted by guilt. The guilt emerges from a series of actions which cannot be dealt with appropriately (Backstein 215). The vampire has engaged in dangerous acts such as killing so many characters, and that has caused him so much insecurity especially when around men. The story also provides an outline of the crimes that have been committed by the male vampires. For instance, he has been continually raping people and killing them when they try to attack back. He has also been hunting for fresh blood and food which can be obtained from human beings in the community.
So many critics have come up to argue that Elizabeth’s work is not valid enough. They have brought forth some false claims and theories all in the name of understanding the type of psychosexual analysis they may encounter. Hence, there is need to reread the work of Elizabeth and ensure that it is brought forth the right meaning especially to all the sexual content. The author picks certain texts to try and bring out a sense that cannot be denied. Scholars have assessed her work and found out that it uses some erotic words which are inappropriate for novel writing (Miller para 5). This is because any person could have access to the reading and end up gathering the wrong information about the content. Dracula has been said to draw more attention to sexuality as it could create a significant impact in the 20th century. Many young people find such novels so much erotic and hence may end up using them for sexual satisfaction. That is not the main aim of the writer, but it is listed as one of the most significant negative aspects of such content writing.
She continuously showcases her fight to control what women feel about sex. This is impossible because, in the present centuries, many women have indulged themselves into exploring potential sexual activities to an extent that the author has no thought about. In the early 17th and 16th century, sex was termed as a sacred act that was to be fully practiced between two individuals who have either married or aspire to be future lovers. Dracula as a significant character in the novel is feared for his potential ability to question women who show lack of sexual acts (Miller para 8). He even goes ahead to forbid sexual fantasies such as bisexual, homosexual and heterosexual. These are ideas that have been over thought and hence the novel ensures to educate so many people of their potential effects when it comes to indulging in all the discussed sexual fantasies.
Karen’s novel brings out the picture of a male vampire that is struggling to stay in their present. This is because of the awful acts it has committed. In a real-life situation, similar actions are perceived whenever a person receives so much hate from their surrounding and ends up being effected continuously. For example, there is a scene in the story where the community decided to set up a war against the male vampire. He becomes so fearful and more sensitive primarily to the sight of man. He is not sure whether the actions he has been taking are good or bad (Backstein 213). The community, however, seems to understand that these actions were wrong for them and that is why they are ready to fight the male vampire and eliminate him from their environment. In real life, whenever a person is rejected in a particular situation, they are chased and as a result, end up receiving so much hatred. As a result, they end up suffering for all the pain they have caused other people. The vampire is so strong and powerful, and therefore the community may face a considerable challenge.
In conclusion, Elizabeth’s text is a limited psychoanalytical reading which has created so much influence to the 20th-century writers. It has focused on some of the highest universal anxieties which are sex, and as a result, more readers end up criticizing it. The author has focused more on being a feminist, and hence so many women love her readings. However, she is advised to adjust on her claims about male’s sexual fear. She terms women as the bold type when it comes to sex, and this has prevented her from gaining maximum support especially from both genders.
On the other hand, Karen’s story entails a male vampire who is considered so strong and powerful. He has been using his might to disturb the community by killing them for food and blood. In most of the vampire story, a female one is used to provide a female voice to the female gender and all the characters within it. This means that the author’s arguments that the female audience is important are right. They represent a significant role in the success of the stories as they can easily relate to their content. They tend to make the biggest vampire audience whereby they refer to the complex qualities that have been provided with.
- Backstein, Karen. “Unsafe Sex: Romancing the Vampire.”
- Miller, Elizabeth. “Coitus Interruptus: Sex, Bram Stoker, and Dracula.” Erudit. 2006. Web 11th April 2019. https://www.erudit.org/en/journals/ron/2006-n44-ron1433/014002ar/