Monday, 21 May 2007

Cuntensquirten: BDSM is Worse Than Hitler!

The inimitable R Mildred goes OFF at those who connect the abuses at Abu Ghraib with BDSM. A fantastic, and long, read -- and something that absolutely MUST get linked here.

Cuntensquirten: BDSM is Worse Than Hitler!

...Or slavery*, or Abu Ghraib or whatever oppression of non-white people a white person is using to make the core point that BDSM is the Worst. Thing. Evr.

The reason why you should get angry, really fucking thermonuclear angry, every time people whip that hyper-hyperbole out at bdsm is thus:

It's designed specifically to minimise and normalise actual atrocities.

You think it's a coinkydink that the height of slavery and the holocaust all existed within staunchly conservative and anti-pron societies? The Nazis and their catholic neo-puritanism, Slavers and their beliefs that man was divided from man along a seam that happened to be marked by the black people being beastial slutty monsters and hte white man being a reserved gentleman who'd never mistreat a lady he didn't have legal ownership over (in which case it's not mistreatment, I say, whot), and therefore the white man deserved and had an inalienable right to own the black person.

It's funny that sex routinely marks the distinction between human and inhuman statuses according to the hegemonic discourse, a trend we see repeated within pretty much every duke rape thread that has ever existed, wherein stripping will almost instantly be conflated with prostitution, and this will magically make her testimony untrustworthy if not down right inscrutable....

....Of course the anti-BDSMers are trying to hide that they're basically too lazy to try to emphathise with subs and masochists (to try to figure out why they do say "si!" to being tied up and spanked, preferring instead to waffle about matrixes and, ironically enough coming from a bunch of people who quite proudly declare that their past experience of abuse is the sole basis on which they're making all their "rational" decisions to follow the teachings of their passive agressive idealogues these days, that all subs are stockholm syndromeing victims of abuse) and too, I swear to god, fucking stupid to grasp the retoric and concepts they're carrying around all happen to be recycled from the rape culture....

....A dom does not take consent away from the sub, they embrace their consent, they hold themselves in sway to the safe word or signal that is where the real source of power in a BDSM context lies. The sub has all the power, all the power that matters - the power of consent, the power to stop it if it goes too far.

The torturer is not there for the victim's pleasure, does not care about their consent, their Nos or protests, the torturer knows that their actions are justified, that they are allowed to do whatever they want because the victim has transgressed some rule, some interlinked system of hatred and societal scorn that enables the actions of the torturer, that validates him and his socially conditioned sense of right and wrong.

Go read it. Massively long, but totally worth it.

11 comments:

LM said...

This is why we need Godwin's Law.

It's funny that sex routinely marks the distinction between human and inhuman statuses according to the hegemonic discourse

- one curious instance of this that I noticed lately is that both of the two innocent men who were shot by the Metropolitan police because they were mistakenly thought to be terrorists were later accused of sex crimes. The two accusations (exhibit a/exhibit b) were totally unrelated, and couldn't have been anything but coincidental, but it's strange to think that these two men were separately fingered as threats to society, shot, discovered to be totally innocent...and then accused of criminal sexual acts.

Trinity said...

That's really fascinating. I'm not sure how much we can actually conclude from it, but on the other hand I'm also not at all surprised.

verte said...

Hey thene, I'm very glad you brought that up here. I think the 'link' needs examining in far more detail.

Iamcuriousblue said...

There's got to be some particular variation on Godwin's Law involving comparison of BDSM to Abu Ghraib or the Holocaust. It blows me away that some people can actually advance that argument with a straight face.

I have no idea how people like Melissa Farley can think this comparison constitutes an argument rather than a flat-out insult. And even if they get that its an insult, are blind to the fact that it insults real victims of torture as much as it insults BDSMers.

Arrogance that knows no bounds, I guess.

Trinity said...

"And even if they get that its an insult, are blind to the fact that it insults real victims of torture as much as it insults BDSMers."

And... what about victims of torture who ARE BDSMers?

Depending on whether one is using the term "torture" to specifically mean "pain applied during government interrogations" or more broadly to mean "serious pain applied for long periods of time to an innocent kid," hell, I could qualify.

It just boggles me, this idea "you must have never experienced abuse if you like that."

Uh.

Not so much.

belledame222 said...

and/or, alternatively, "you poor dear, you must be just recreating your horrible, terrible abuse."

sometimes possibly both at once!

Trinity said...

"sometimes possibly both at once!"

Let's dance the antilogic jig.

Let's hear it for (A & -A)!

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