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by Archaeology Newsroom

The “Bachelor Machine”, a symbol of modern eroticism

The rapid mechanization of society, as a result of the industrial revolution, seriously affected the erotic-sexual life of man so that if we had to rewrite the history of sexuality, we would accord a major role to the machine as symbol . The bachelor machine, a term introduced by Duchamp for the lower part of his work “The Big Glass;the Bride is Stripped Naked Even by her Bachelors” is considered to be one of the most representative examples of the “mechanical” representation of eroticism. Duchamp’s work is an imaginary construction that is based on the duality of manlwoman. The concept of the “Bachelor machine” can also be found in literature (Jules Verne, Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka etc.). It expresses two ideas, that of sexual liberation and of isolation, as they materialized in the developed industrial society of the late 19th and early 20th century, an isolation, however that can lead to death, a procedure conceived by the French writer Carrouges, who correctly regarded solitude and isolation as the means to transform sexual love into a death-machine.