February 18th, 2012
A follow-up to The Scarlet Letter, inspired by VA’s proposed forced vaginal ultrasound requirement.
“An unfortunate accused witch would be physically examined. It was believed such witch’s teats [the “mark of the devil,” or marks on the accused witch’s body that proved she was a witch] would be near the breasts or vagina.” — Women in Early America: Struggle, Survival, and Freedom in a New World
“To try to force a confession, priests applied hot fat repeatedly to… eyes and her armpits, the pit of her stomach, her thighs, her elbows, and ‘dans sa nature’ — in her vagina.” — Witchcraze
“Sexual mutilation of accused witches was not uncommon. With the orthodox understanding that divinity had little or nothing to do with the physical world, sexual desire was perceived to be ungodly. When the men persecuting the accused witches found themselves sexually aroused, they assumed that such desire emanated, not from themselves, but from the woman. They attacked breasts and genitals with pincers, pliers and red-hot irons.” – The Witch Hunts
Republicans want to make
Government so small
That when the force it inside you,
You’ll hardly notice at all.
That’s until phase two of their plan
Goes into force
And they ultrasound probes
To the Taliban outsource.
Or maybe VA Gov. McDonnell will demand
He personally perform the examination.
(That’s what colonial witchfinders did
When they felt like forced flirtation.)
Repubs will also modify the probe
By adding razor spikes,
And see how the woman it’s used on
That modification likes.
Since the goal seems to be punish women
And to cause them pain,
Why even bother pretending
To be humane?
Why not just
Go all the way
Back to VA?
What, you didn’t expect
The Spanish Inquisition?
That’s what happens when the VA GOP
Gets such a powerful position.
Here’s a more serious (and disturbing) look at the witch-hunting craze which swept Europe and America (admittedly, America to a lesser extent, since our settlement coincided with its winding down in Europe). This 1972 movie was considered highly controversial in its time due to its graphic depiction of the torture that women (and some men) were subjected to by the “witchfinders,” a group of perverse moralizing, misogynistic power-hungry religious extremists the likes of which hasn’t been seen since until…the Religious Right? No, I don’t blame this kind of thing on religion per se: I still believe it is and has been a force for good in human history. But much evil has been done in religion’s name by people like the colonial witchfinders and their modern day successors: VA Republicans, Rick Santorum, and the Religious Right in general. Thank God we have separation of church and state instead of a theocracy.
Here’s another movie along the same lines, though not quite as graphic.
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