Monday, April 04, 2005

Check out

my friend Marco's fun but harrowing essay "On Torture and Parenting" (about training your six-month-old to fall asleep without parents in attendance) at n+1. Here's a taste: "If parenting, even responsible parenting, made me feel like a torturer, it wasn't exactly because I'm melodramatic or overwrought, but because the official torturers now conceive of themselves in the same terms as the parenting manuals. They, too, are technicians of the naked human personality. The 'Human Resource Exploitation Manual,' a formerly classified government document used to instruct 'anti-communist' Latin American security forces in the bad old 1980s, puts the theory of torture in terms that any reader of the 'Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child' can easily understand."

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the link, Jenny. I had never thought parenting and the Bush administration policy on torture (okay, on QUESTIONING terror suspects) could be in any way linked... but indeed they can, and very intelligently too!

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  2. Yeah, it's pretty scary, isn't it? Baby stuff even more terrifying than Bush administration!

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  3. Hi Jenny! I'm going to go check out Marco's article now. Mostly, though, I'm writing to say hi--glad you escaped Vegas (finally). Perhaps I should have commented on your previous post re: our "down-at-heel" resort. Anyway, it was great to hang out some this past weekend, regardless of locale, and I look forward to seeing you at another conference soon!

    Emily

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  4. Yes, Emily, very nice to meet you properly & hang out & I will look forward to more of the same at future conferences...

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