Pollesch's work not only brought together many themes that, in the German capital circa 2000, were much discussed in visual art and political activism circles (from the critique of neoliberalism to the boom in performance studies, from the Prekariat to Beatriz Preciado's Contrasexual
Manifesto); it did so in a self-reflexive way that was at that time still unfamiliar to the art world.
The Axis knows that if it can train the dull beast of public opinion to indiscriminately lump the priests' crimes in with pedophilia of the more typical contrasexual
sort, it can deflect attention away from the glaring fact that their adolescent male victims are the unfortunate cynosures of what it calls an "alternative lifestyle.
A strong admixture of contrasexual
elements in both personalities thus accounts for a fair degree of psychological compatibility between the spouses: the similarities in their characters make them accept each other with understanding and tolerance, while their psychological differences explain the mutual attraction and warmth Molly and Leopold still feel for each other, despite their temporary sexual crisis.
In a sense it was the maximal incarnation and actualisation of his own contrasexual
self-image that seemed to be the all-consuming focus of his libidinal investment and desire.