Adrienne G. Perry (Fiction ’13) on “Flashé Sur Moi”

2013 fiction alum Adrienne G. Perry was recently featured at The Common. Read an excerpt of Perry’s conversation about her essay “Flashé Sur Moi” below:

Adrienne G. Perry on “Flashé Sur Moi”

“I’ve always wondered, since I was young, do I have to not be myself in order to be desirable, or to be desired? Maybe it was naivete but it totally baffled me, and disgusted me. I don’t think I understood at the time how people could take on personas in their acts of seduction, how that could be part of the fun for them. I didn’t have words for it at the time, but I think I was picking up on the male gaze and felt that it was so limiting for everyone involved. The way that I would see people manipulate their bodies and their faces, their intelligence—it’s always seemed like the real perversion to me. It’s something I’m troubling through in this essay.”

Listen to Perry’s conversation about “Flashé Sur Moi” via podcast here: