Castration is still legitimate justification for the cancellation of a marriage in Iran. But is there any restriction on DIY? “Khomeini concludes that a man may have intercourse with a girl under nine years old and divorce her without restriction,” so it would seem most unfair if that exit route were precluded.
Danton having a laugh with the gaoler before his execution: “Si je laissais mes couilles à Robespierre et mes jambes à Couthon, ça pourrait aller encore quelque temps au Comité de salut public.” Couthon’s legs were useless by then; Robespierre’s bollocks are something of a mystery:
Assertions about Robespierre’s intimate life have varied wildly. He has been accused of both having no capacity for sexual intimacy and of having at least one mistress, of being both physically repellent and yet very attractive to women, of being both emotionally cold and of writing mawkish love poems. Indeed, one psychoanalytical reading has cast him as a narcissistic ascetic, whose selfidentification with the Revolution was a classic case of Freudian “displaced libido.”
The psychoanalyst Jean Artarit is at an extreme, offering the insight that Robespierre’s misspelling in an electoral pamphlet of a shoemaker’s name Lantillette as Languillette (“baby eel”) shows a longing to cut off the penis. For Robespierre was apparently a repressed homosexual with a castration complex, a misogynist and pathological narcissist constantly searching for a good father and an all-powerful mother.
- Fine babies for sale
A foreign baby-trading story in the papers the other day was greeted with general horror. Here then is a Barcelona court
- Cats vs porcupines: Gramsci’s view
Mistress Puss has departed for the hill, so it’s time for another beast to abuse, kill and eat the 5-6cm American
- Hsieh Ch’ing kao on Spain and Portugal
From the The Hai-Lu (1783-1797), as quoted on this page on this excellent site, again via TdiT: Portugal (called Ta-hsi-yang, or Pu-luchi-shih
- Facebook: if you form a civil partnership you must be gay
Chez Lexicool, via MM, Katia, who, using Facebook in English, described herself as being in a civil union with Juan, only
- Iran’s Night of the Zionist cows
The news (via Normblog) that the Iranian justice system has strung up a mentally incapable and unrepresented 16-year old girl for