Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish
Among so many changes, I shall consider one: the disappearance of torture as a public spectacle. Today we are rather inclined to ignore it; perhaps, in its time, it gave rise to too much inflated rhetoric; perhaps it has been attributed too readily and too emphatically to a process of “humanization”, thus dispensing with the need for further analysis. And, in any case, how important is such a change, when compared with the great institutional transformations, the formulation of explicit, general codes and unified rules of procedure; with the almost universal adoption of the jury system, the definition of the essentially corrective character of the penalty and the tendency, which has become increasingly marked since the nineteenth century, to adapt punishment to the individual offender? Punishment of a less immediately physical kind, a certain discretion in the art of inflicting pain, a combination of more subtle, more subdued sufferings, deprived of their visible display, should not all this be treated as a special case, an incidental effect of deeper changes? And yet the fact remains that a few decades saw the disappearance of the tortured, dismembered, amputated body, symbolically branded on face or shoulder, exposed alive or dead to public view. The body as the major target of penal repression disappeared.
—Foucault, Discipline and Punish, I. Torture. 1. The Body of the Condemned
reblogging to remind myself to read later
I’m a feminist because you want to see my body and you want to call me a slut because you saw my body.
I’m a feminist because you want me to cover my body and you want to call me a prude because I cover my body.
[image: black and white (more like desaturated) headshot of Princess Leia from Star Wars in her traditional hair bun look. Her head is slightly in profile and has a serious look in her face. Underneath in Star Wars font Bikini Kill’s lyrics to “Rebel Girl” and the rebel alliance symbol.]
REBEL GIRL, REBEL GIRL
REBEL GIRL YOU ARE THE QUEEN OF MY WORLD
[image: photocopy of a 50s housewife on the bottom left corner. the words ” i’m pro-choice and I riot” next to her.]