In a 2015 lecture I recently saw, the philosopher Slavoj Zizek expressed his disappointment with the fact that two of his movies are called A Pervert’s Guide (to Cinema and to Ideology, respectively), saying that was not his idea, but the producers’.
Citing Lacan, Zizek said: “the true revolutionary position is hysteria, not perversion.” Now, I understand this better:
Zizek explains, in The Parallax View (page 304):
“Unlike the hysteric, the pervert knows perfectly what he is for the Other: a knowledge supports his position as the object of his Other’s (divided subject’s) jouissance. For that reason, the formula of the discourse of perversion is the same as that of the analyst’s discourse: Lacan defines perversion as the inverted fantasy, that is, his formula of perversion is a–S/, which is precisely the upper level of the Analyst’s discourse.The difference between the social link of perversion and that of analysis is grounded in the radical ambiguity of objet petit a in Lacan, which stands simultaneously for the imaginary fantasmatic lure/screen and for that which this lure is obfuscating, for the Void behind the lure. Consequently, when we pass from perversion to the analytic social link, the agent (analyst) reduces himself to the Void which provokes the subject into confronting the truth of his desire. Knowledge in the position of “truth” below the bar under the “agent,” of course, refers to the supposed knowledge of the analyst, and, simultaneously, indicates that the knowledge gained here will not be the neutral “objective” knowledge of scientific adequacy,but the knowledge which concerns the subject (analysand) in the truth of his subjective position.”