NY Flaneur, Friday 21 January 2011: Illustration from Sade’s Justine

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Literary example illustrating the employment of birch for eroto-disciplinary purposes (click here or on image to return to NY Flaneur, Friday, 21 January 2011 entry) from Donatien Alphonse François de Sade’s (the Marquis de Sade’s) La Nouvelle Justine ou Les Malheurs de la vertu (The New Justine), 1797, Dutch edition of work originally published in 1787. Justine’s threat to the ruling class was not its pornographic content, but rather its implicit message that, if unchecked, those in power will always abuse others (and, indeed, always go unpunished), thus debunking the “Just World” fallacy, which those in power inculcate as sacrosanct to maintain social order and ensure subservience. Image from Gary Sauer-Thompson’s Conversations Weblog.

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