segunda-feira, 28 de novembro de 2011

hysterical addiction


-Haven't you read The Yellow Wallpaper
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman?

-No.

-Her husband, a doctor, locks her away in the upstairs bedroom
to recuperate from a slight hysterical tendency.
Staring at the yellow wallpaper
day after day... she begins to hallucinate that there are women
trapped in the pattern.
Half-mad, she scrapes off the wallpaper to set the women free.
When her husband finally unlocks the door, he finds her circling the room,
touching the wallpaper, whispering, "I finally
got out of here."
Since the beginning of time, men find excuses to lock women away.
They make up diseases, like hysteria.
Do you know where that word comes from?

-No.

-The Greek word for uterus.
In the second century, they thought it was caused by sexual deprivation.
And the only possible cure was hysterical paroxysm.
Orgasms.
Doctors... would masturbate women in their office,
and call it medicine.

-I had no idea.

-It was a hundred years ago, but we're no better off today.
Men are still inventing ways to drive women over the edge.

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