Andy Warhol's Thoughts On Sex

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"I have found that it's too much work.

"But if you have the time for it, and if you need that exercise -- then you should do it.

"Along with having sex, being sexed is also hard work ...

"The people who think they're working the hardest are the men who are trying to be women.

"They do double-time.

"They do all the double things: they think about shaving and not shaving, of primping and not primping, of buying men's clothes and women's clothes.

"I guess it's interesting to try be another sex, but it can be exciting to just be your own sex."

From The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again), 1975


What adorable Andy seems to have left out was:

A) That genderplay is richly worth all the effort! Nothing fabulous comes easy, you know.

B) And that if you're as rich as he was, sex isn't hard work at all!

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Gayzilla
Gayzilla

I love me some Andy Warhol, or "Swish" as he was known to the gay men who found him repulsive. Love you, Andy!!!

Philip McKrevis
Philip McKrevis

Sex would be too much work for me if I had that skin problem. What color do you think his "pop icon" was?

exackerly
exackerly

Andy carefully cultivated his moon-man public persona, which enabled him to dodge questions about his private life. But in reality he was a not-untypical gay New York man.

He told Pat Hackett he had never been interested in casual sex, probably because he was terrified of STD's. But he lived with Jed Johnson for years, and was devastated when Jed left him for Alan Wanzenberg. We may never know the exact nature of their relationship, but why assume that it had to be something weird?

Check out his diaries for more than you ever wanted to know about Andy.

BetteD
BetteD

Bet it wasn't too much work with Joe Dallasandro -- yum!

Mepnyc1
Mepnyc1

Andy famously didn't have sex, so not sure how useful all this advice is. He had lots of issues about it.

He would hire escorts, draw them, and jerk off afterwards...

Sht4brains
Sht4brains

He was always sober and very shy (acoording to the PBS documentary, anyway).  That's a recipe for celibacy.

VonD
VonD

 Andy was hardly celibate, though. He knew how to get some pipe now and then.

Movielover
Movielover

Though sex has been a driving force in almost everyone since the year one, Andy's take was a little bored like his feelings about most things it seems.  Even if you don't want to get involved with other people, I think it is important to work those sex muscles and internal systems or you grow old too soon.  It's not THAT much work!

Sasquatch
Sasquatch

Well, it was hard work for Andy who was pale and splotchy and bald and very self conscious. Poor thing.

VonD
VonD

And extremely effeminate. Very femme men still catch hell from the homonormative gays.

torontotonto
torontotonto

Warhol was once asked what the future will be like.  "Exactly the same only worse." Seems about right.

Romeo
Romeo

You're a load of optimism, aren't you? Or just a load....

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

Probably he was speaking from the viewpoint of one who was covered in leaches?

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