Steve McQueen.


“Cornered in his hotel room during the Toronto Film Festival, the ever-provocative Steve McQueen ruminates on free will, desire and his upcoming film Shame in Alison Chernick’s latest short. Recipient of the Camera d’Or and Fipresco prize for debut feature Hunger, McQueen has earned a reputation as one of our most prolific and challenging visual artists, winning The Turner Prize in 1999 for his short black and white film Deadpan, and representing Britain at the 2009 Venice Biennale. Co-written with Abi Morgan (Brick Lane), the director’s sophomore feature takes an unflinching look at the destructive nature of sex addiction, following Michael Fassbender’s corporate drone Brandon through a solitary routine of meaningless sexual encounters and the fallout that occurs when his equally damaged, self-harming sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan) comes to stay. “I wanted to discuss the theme of imprisonment in his films—in this case psychological,” reveals Chernick. “But after seeing Shame I was more focused on the collide between morality and addiction, where one ends and the other begins.”

The Confessions of Steve McQueen from Alison Chernick on


If sex is a “natural” part of life, why do some feel ashamed of the pleasure?


  1. I think what makes a person Shame about sex has to do with several things. a.) Religious/Cultural Upbringing b.)Who the Sex was with and c.)Why the particular Sexual Encounter Happened.

    Funny you blogged this, a friend and I talked about this on Facebook, about how some Scientists want to remove it as a disorder. *Puts personal Spiritual Beliefs aside* My thing is this…Sex, Feels good. Do it as much as you need to. Just as long as you protect yourself, you’re honest about not committing, and it’s not hindering you from living and enjoying your life..then I don’t see anything wrong with having a lot of Sex. You have Free will to do as you please.

    Now in a Relationship, my viewpoint will change a little….Ok, again..Honesty & Communication is KEY. Not to mention compatibility. If you have a Libido of Mount Everest, and your partner’s Libido is as low as Challenger Deep..then you guys may be better off as friends(maybe with benefits lol).

    If the person in a Relationship likes to have Sex with other people, then its not a Sex addiction, they just don’t want to Commit..or atleast Commit Sexually. And in that Case there’s several options..1. Don’t Commit 2.If they want a “MVP” and a Team, believe it or not some people are actually down for that. So, one more time…Honesty & Communication.

    A lot of things are so simple but people make them so complicated…

    Now as far as my Spirituality is concerned, I believe having sex with different people can cause a Mix and Mingle of different energies…which is why I feel it’s not wise to just get it on with ppl just because they look good or some other mundane attraction, because for me…the Intangible qualities of people hold a little more weight. What if this Sexy person has a Horrible Attitude, or Low Self Esteem? I definitely don’t want that type of energy bringing me down or rubbing off on me.

  2. EssKayGA

    Most times it’s a product of conditioning from society, religion, and the like. Sex also gets a bad rap from all of the negatives that come with it when pleasure is sought irresponsibly and indiscriminately.

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