Signifier of signification

The "signifier of signification," the "empty sign," seems performed at the unoriginal expense of the female body. Such a violent cropping may be linked with Sadean philosophies, popular among the Surrealists, which underscore the sexual potential of a given object and which often result in a "particular disturbance to the head," the locus of intellectual, rather than bodily logic. The male becomes the controller, the viewer, and the anonymous woman becomes merely the site of desire. On the other hand, though I do not wish to downplay the symbolic violence inherent in the implied decapitation…