Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Not happy, but necessary, reading . . . .

How the US uses sexual humiliation as a political tool to control the masses

Naomi Wolf tackles the confluence of TSA groping, Supreme Court authorized strip searches, the sexual abuse of prisoners in US military custody, and the sexualization of coercive police power by the American government.

Two of several money paragraphs:

Believe me: you don't want the state having the power to strip your clothes off. History shows that the use of forced nudity by a state that is descending into fascism is powerfully effective in controlling and subduing populations.

The political use of forced nudity by anti-democratic regimes is long established. Forcing people to undress is the first step in breaking down their sense of individuality and dignity and reinforcing their powerlessness. Enslaved women were sold naked on the blocks in the American south, and adolescent male slaves served young white ladies at table in the south, while they themselves were naked: their invisible humiliation was a trope for their emasculation. Jewish prisoners herded into concentration camps were stripped of clothing and photographed naked, as iconic images of that Holocaust reiterated.

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