gripping cry in the throat out at the cemetery
where my mother is buried
and the grave cannot hide her crimes or take her beyond my need for forgiveness
to forgive her or be forgiven i am not sure
as they say it’s a sin to put temptation to do wrong in the path of someone who can’t resist
yet ‘la culpa no era mía’
ni por buscar asilo ni por sentirme aislada y confundida….
el violador, el violador, el violador eres tú
the psychiatrists with their eyes like metal bars already incarcerating me and turning the key
a female animal brought in crying
by the female keeper
deserved to be locked away in their kennel
el estado opresor es un macho violador
y los demás
the ones who look on with peanut chewing eyes
with their injections
the ones of us who turn to comply with a system of washing machine circularity to discuss who is ready to be the next ones to decide about the next ones
not to get out but to circulate through this mock government
of mock lunatics created by the real ones in their white coats
el violador eres tú
the bitter pills and the pharmaceutical grandiosities that create them
the nazis declared and undeclared
de nuestros cuerpos inocentes
we are not at fault
not what we did to ourselves
not what we failed in making money
in keeping up appearances
la culpa no es mía
la sociedad que quema todo lo que queremos
el violador eres tú
Why a rapist in particular?
Many reasons, but these are some.
- Many women, as well as men, experience a disturbance in sexuality from the toxic restrictive psychiatric drugs particularly neuroleptics. Feminists might not care about ‘poor men’ who can’t get an erection any more. But the disturbance for women is real and is part of patriarchy’s forced dissociation of women from our own sexual self-knowledge, a dissociation which serves and facilitates men’s sexual exploitation and aggression with women as its target.
- Women have reported being unable to fight back to resist rape and other sexual aggression after neuroleptic drugs and electroshock. This effect can be long lasting.
- Women who have experienced both rape and forced neuroleptic drugging and/or electroshock commonly talk about forced psychiatry as a rape. This is not a misused or misappropriated analogy. We have to look at the details of why and how we experience forced psychiatry as a specifically sexual invasion of the body. I think it has to do with subjugation of will, a disruption and disturbance directed at core energy that ties body and soul together, a turning to the aggressor’s purposes of another human being’s bodily existence. In forced psychiatry the purpose is the state’s repression of either resistance or the potential resistance by useless/surplus labor. For that reason the linkage of the state and individual perpetrators in the feminist anthem #UnVioladorEnTuCamino resonates.
- Sexual abuse is routine in psychiatry with or without other force, as in any institutional setting and any service provided by men to women and girls. Psychiatrists and psychotherapists rape their clients and/or engage in romanticized manipulation (as I wrote on this blog about the pioneering psychoanalyst Sabina Spielrein abused by Jung and Freud); psychiatrists and nurses and orderlies who rape and who allow male inmates to rape women in institutional or ‘hospital’ settings. But that is only the tip of the iceberg. If we don’t interrogate the levels at which all forced (as well as manipulative) psychiatry functions as sexualized aggression, we refuse to acknowledge what victims of psychiatry bring to feminism as a doubly marginalized population.
Here are links for the original #UnVioladorEnTuCamino by Chilean feminist collective LasTesis:
Thank you for this powerful statement bringing in forced psychiatric treatment to the discussion opened up by Latin American women. It resonates also with the US Supreme Court’s failure to overturn a new Kentucky law requiring doctors to force women to undergo invasive ultrasounds and to force them to both view and hear the doctor describe the pictures, even if they don’t want to and close their eyes and plug their ears. So many women, such dehumanization on so many levels.
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Thanks Dar. We need the revival of the feminist women’s health movement in the US. So many violations that sit at the intersection of bad health care and state repression/rape.
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