Bondage and Discipline and The Making of New Markets for Commercial Consumer Fetishism in the Era of E-Stim

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E-stim and the electronic sex toy box. How does the era of e-stim play into the electronically targeted individual? Please click on the link Electrastim | Electro Sex | Lovehoney

For Krafft-Ebing, women are indirectly to blame for male sadism. He blamed women’s diffidence, shyness, and timidity which he believed provokes male aggression. He believed this fact was due to the inherent “natural ordering of gender” and the “natural ordering” found within its sex roles, that is, the differences between the male and female subjects. The natural design of these two human creatures created women as “modestly, coy, and subservient”, while men would enjoy “boastful, extroverted, dominant victories”. Here I question if this is not due to the fact that man, like an animal, can sniff out “weakness” and “opportunity” in another, thereby identifying avenues to exert his dominant male prowess both in the bedroom and in business? Could this be a form of an evolutionary clairsentience that promotes man’s long-term survival as a “pack animal” in matters of dominant leadership and resources?

“The task for medical sexology was to police a double boundary: between the “normal” culture of male aggression and the “abnormal” culture of sadomasochism and between “normal” female masochism and “abnormal” male masochism. The first contradiction between “natural” heterosexuality and the “unnatural perversions” was primarily managed by projecting the “perversions” onto the invented zone of race. Sexologists like Krafft-Ebing demonized sadomasochism as the psychopathology of the atavistic individual, as blood-flaw and stigma of the flesh. Sadomasochism, like other fetishisms, was figured as a regression backward in time to the “prehistory” of racial “degeneration,” existing ominously in the heart of the imperial metropolis — the degeneration of the race writ as an individual pathology of the soul.

Thus, for Krafft-Ebing, decent doses of male aggression are a fait accompli of nature. Genuine sadism, however, exists in “civilized man” only to a “weak and rather rudimentary degree.” While sadism is a natural trait of “primitive” peoples, atavistic traces of sadism in “civilized man” stem, not from the environment or social accident, but are awakened from a primordial past: “Sadism must . . . be counted among the primitive anomalies of the sexual life. It is a disturbance (a deviation) in the evolution of psychosexual processes sprouting from the soil of psychical degeneration (McClintock, 1993).”

Unbridled sadism in contrast with consensual and commercial sadomasochism reveals a difference in nature. Commercial sadomasochism is therefore considered less biologically flawed or viewed as less externalizing or internalizing the psycho-pathologies of human nature. In its presentation, it is viewed as a historical subculture that emerged in Europe alongside the imperial Enlightenment. Far from being a primordial manifestation of racial “degeneracy,” sadomasochism is a subculture organized primarily around the symbolic exercise of social risk. Indeed, the outrage of sadomasochism is precisely its hostility toward ideas involving “nature being the custodian of social power.” Sadomasochism refuses to read power as fate or destiny. And since sadomasochism is the theatrical exercise of social contradiction, it is self-consciously against nature, not in the sense that it violates natural law, but in the sense that it denies the existence of natural law in the first place. Sadomasochism performs social power as both contingent and constitutive, as sanctioned neither by fate nor by God, but by the social convention and invention, that can change and re-order relationships.

Commercial sadomasochism insists on exhibiting the “primitive” (“slave,” “baby”, “woman”) as submissive characters in a theatrical stage production. On the sadomasochism theatre stage, we observe the “primitive irrational” as a dramatic script, in a “communion of performances” that is at the heart of Western reasoning sexual deviance. The paraphernalia of sadomasochism has traditionally been boots, whips, chains, uniforms, etc. which are the paraphernalia of state power and public punishment converted into private pleasures. Sadomasochism visibly stages irrational ecstasy and the alienation of the body at the center of the theatre stage against the backdrop of a theme of hierarchy and power and the differences found in the various positions of that hierarchical power. Thus, its Western reason reveals sadomasochism’s imperial logic and domina by refusing its fate as “without power.” Sadomasochism manipulates the signs of power in order to refuse nature’s legitimate rule over the form of male biological power and the male phallus.

Feminists demonize heterosexual sadomasochism as the sanctioned exercise of male tyranny. The historical line of patriarchy parades a long history of abuses attempting to freeze power and to always make one side passive and the other side dominant. Patriarchy is, therefore, the originator of masochistic and sadistic positions. Even lesbian sadomasochism is considered by feminists a form of “self-abasement on all levels that renders wimmin unable to execute truly feminist goals. In the theories of Louise Kaplan describing lesbian homosexuality in her book “Female Perversions” she uses the term “Pinocchios” to suggest the lesbian women have not been taught in the right way of her true feminist and so, “are not real women.” That is to say, in the true and natural sense of her feminine role as heterosexual counterpart to man. The term suggests “these women are not real women” but are instead props like the marionette puppet who was in search of becoming a “real boy”, in the toy workshop of Geppetto. While I understand this perception, I do not believe that all lesbians “were not real girls” or “are not real women” for that matter. I have found many gay women contribute a lot to our world, some holding advance degrees and professional titles may be more real than some heterosexual women who “know” their positions in the hierarchy of male patriarchy. I once revealed my experiences with homosexuality and homosexual fantasy to a psychiatrist, a woman, who, possessing an advanced degree in medicine, shared Louise Kaplan’s belief. I asked her why was I having these homosexual fantasies and feelings and she said, “I believe what you are asking me has something to do with being a ‘Pinocchio’” (e.g., not a real girl/real woman). She went no further than that one sentence and then left the room. I didn’t understand her response at first, and it was only later that I came to a conclusion regarding its interpretation after reading Louise Kaplan’s “Female Perversions.” However, there is a psychoanalytic theory that suggests all girls are born bisexual and that most choose a heterosexual path (Holmes, 2008).

Of course, analyzing the practice of sadomasochism as a form of sexual slavery in lesbian relationships one can see its disguise as “sexually forcing a woman against her will.” Likewise, men who pay women money to engage in sexual play of sadomasochism and take the dominant position are paying to indulge their sadistic fantasies of sexual abuse towards women. Yet the testimony of dominatrixes reveals precisely the opposite. By far the most common service paid for by men in heterosexual sexual sadomasochism in bondage and discipline is in the position of the submissive. In fact, in most bondage and discipline in heterosexual sadomasochism, the men pay to be the “slaves”, not the women. For me, this reveals subtle, unaddressed issue regarding female sadism and female aggression and perhaps may reveal a truth when it comes to the electronic tethering of targeted individual, which has been interpreted as a “passive form of aggression”, and its connection to the statistics and trends in patterns of aggression. It is women who have to navigate the “lost phallus” in their “denial of power” and it is the women who seek out positions as dominants wielding their sexual power to subjugate men.

With regard to the electronic tethering of the human body and the human mind, I have come to a conclusion that while these electronic devices were most likely designed by men, they will undoubtedly serve women who seek avenues to play out, on a theatrical stage, the unconscious, unanalyzed fantasies of mastery and control over others, playing into recovering her lost phallus, and this play may include both men and women. In the words of one dominatrix, heterosexual bondage and discipline in sexual sadomasochism are far from being the vicious unleashing of male dominance, sadomasochism is typically the other way around. There exists only a “few” dominant men who want to indulge their sadistic fantasies of “beating” women. That in fact, it is women who want to indulge their fantasies of being phallically dominant. Of course, we could come to a conclusion that most men are probably “proper gentlemen who know how to behave and treat women” but the fact of the matter is there may be far more men willing to beat women during sex play than the evidence suggests. They just lack the financial backing to pay for and receive its entertainment. Surprisingly, it has been reported that top-level business executives and churchmen are the main solicitors for the position of “slave” in bondage and discipline in sadomasochistic sex play. They come to be punished, humiliated, frightened, and tormented to the limits of their endurance.

Sex and Electricity, Yep, it’s a thing!

In the practice of extreme pornography, the use of bondage and discipline in sexual acts of sadomasochism is a common theme. In some extreme pornography female actors as well as male actors may consent to be mildly electrocuted through the use of electric stimulation through the use of “e-stim sex toys.” Where once we witnessed the paraphernalia of sadomasochism in bondage and discipline as being traditionally boots, whips, chains, uniforms, etc. as the paraphernalia of state power and public punishments conversion into private sexual pleasures. We are now witnessing in the era of 21st-century technology a combining of the commercial consumer fetish of BDSM with the latest in e-technology (electronics, wireless electronic devices) in forms of bondage and discipline and sexual sadomasochism and its conversion onto a theatrical stage, albeit confined to the deranged mind, a hidden and clandestine use of power and dominance hidden behind a theatrical curtain. The use of electronic devices that deliver e-stim in the subjugation of powerless victims by powerful dominant.

Electroejaculation! Are you interested in knowing what it is?

Electroejaculation is a procedure used to obtain semen samples from sexually mature male mammals. The procedure is used for breeding programs and research purposes in various species, as well as in the treatment of ejaculatory dysfunction in human males. This procedure is used frequently with large mammals, particularly bulls and some domestic animals, as well as humans who have certain types of anejaculation. This is the pathological inability of a male to ejaculate despite obtaining an erection. Electroejaculation has also been used for cryo conservation of animal genetic resources where one would collect semen and keep it stored in low temperatures with the intent of conserving genetic material and future revival.

In humans, electroejaculation is usually carried out under a general anesthetic. An electric probe is inserted into the rectum adjacent to the prostate gland. The probe delivers an AC voltage, usually 12–24 volts sine wave at a frequency of 60 Hz, with a current limited to usually 500 mA, although some devices can generate currents of up to 1 A. The probe is activated for 1–2 seconds, referred to as a stimulus cycle. Ejaculation usually occurs after 2–3 stimulus cycles. Care must be taken when using currents greater than 500 mA, as tissue burns may result due to the heating of the probe. The stimulus voltage stimulates nearby nerves, resulting in contraction of the pelvic muscles and ejaculation.

In the movie “The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo”, a young woman who was sodomized anally by her rapist returns to the scene of the crime and uses an electrified cattle prod to sadistically assault the man as a form of “payback” for the wrongs committed by him.

Now, introducing new electrified sex toys and e-stim. Yes, this is just what it sounds like, sex toys that shock the skin and genitals on actual people’s bodies. Electrostimulation or e-stim via sex toys are having somewhat of a moment today. Adding an e-stim toy to certain erogenous zones can heighten sensitivity and deepen pleasurable feelings. “It gets right into those deep nerves and muscles.”

E-stim toys are toys that deliver controlled electric shock acutely, slightly sharp sparks to wherever the toy is placed on the body. They are not supposed to hurt, but rather stimulate. In the area of wireless hand-held devices, I wonder “can these e-toys be biologically implanted and controlled through remote, wireless devices? Perhaps even by a “rogue” operator? Is this what the phenomenon known as the electronically targeted individual is all about? Control of the human body, and the human mind, via remote wireless signals to stimulate/sedate (e.g., torture) a human victim?

Some men enjoy having their testicles tantalized with simulation (e.g., licking, tickling, sucking) and now the latest trend in sex toys are electronic devices that deliver, to the gonads, nipples, inner thigh, anal regions, a mild form of electrocution in the form of electronic stimulation (e-stim). Much like the cattle prods, farmers use to shock the backside of their heifers in order to direct and move them into the area they wish the livestock to be. For beginners, one source recommends the “Doc Johnson Stinger Wand.” It is also called the “Stinger Electro-Play Wand” and it retails for about $39.99 at www.lovehoney.com/bondage/electro-medical-fetish/ if you’re interested in providing your “love honey” some extra stimulation. This product is recommended for beginners because it is user friendly and provides a starting point for people interested in e-stim toys. It resembles a cattle prod used by farmers except it is made of red and black plastic instead of metal.

E-stim toys aren’t just limited to external play either. There are some toys on the market that are meant to be inserted or worn and can cause muscle contractions to those specific areas (think nipples, vagina, anus).

I have been studying psychology and psychoanalysis, in particular, the internalizing and externalizing of psychopathologies. Externalizing pathologies that give rise to deviant desires, in particular bondage and discipline and sexual sadomasochism. Most recently we have witnessed the development of phenomenon called the Targeted Individual (TIs) and the electronically Targeted Individual (eTIs). Reviewing the psychoanalytic literature of primal scene fantasies based on Freudian theory, theories in matricide, and the development of commercial consumer BDSM fetish, it shouldn’t be that difficult to see how the phenomenon of the TI and the eTI are connected to the primal scene and is a by-product of hi-tech commercial consumer fetishism in combination with the commercial consumer BDSM fetish.

Source References:

Richard von Krafft-Ebing. Psychopathia Sexualis, trans. Franklin S. Klaf. New York. Stein & Day, 1965. For analyses on the discourse of perversion and sexual deviance.

Jeffrey Weeks. Against Nature: Essays on History, Sexuality, and Identity. London. Rivers Oram, 1991. For analyses on the discourse of perversion and sexual deviance.

Jonathan Dollimore. Sexual Dissidence: Augustine to Wilde, Freud to Foucault. Oxford. Clarendon, 1991. For analyses of the discourses on perversion and sexual deviance.

Mcclintock, A. (1993). Maid to Order: Commercial Fetishism and Gender Power. Social Text, p. 87–116. Published by Duke University Press.

Kaplan, Louise J. (1987). Female Perversions: The Temptations of Emma Bovary. New York. Doubleday. Translation Copy 1991 by Louise J. Kaplan.

Holmes, Lucy. (2008). The Internal Triangle: New Theories of Female Development. New York. Jason Aronson.

Engle, Gigi. (2019). These E-Stim Sex Toys Zap You With Electricity — and You Might Actually Like It.” www.menshealth.com. Published online January 8, 2019. Accessed online February 12, 2021. https://www.menshealth.com/sex-women/a25799460/e-stim-sex-toys/

Electroejaculation. Wikipedia.org. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electroejaculation. Accessed online February 12, 2021.

LoveHoney.com “The Sexual Happiness People” Online Retailer of Sex Toys, Clothing, and Supplies. Of particular interest is their “bondage” section the “electro-medical-fetish.” Accessed February 12, 2021.

https://www.lovehoney.com/bondage/electro-medical-fetish/pain-sensation-play/p/doc-johnson-the-stinger-electro-play-wand/a38583g71097.html

https://www.lovehoney.com/bondage/electro-medical-fetish/electro-sex-toys/p/electrastim-em140-sensavox-power-unit-dual-channel-electrosex-kit/a13006g13042.html

https://www.lovehoney.com/bondage/electro-medical-fetish/electro-sex-toys/p/electrastim-em60-m-flick-electrosex-stimulator-multipack-set/a26592g41294.html

Friedersdorf, Connor. (2013). “The Ethics of Extreme Porn: Is Some Sex Wrong Even Among Consenting Adults?” The Atlantic. May 16, 2013. Accessed February 21, 2021. https://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/05/the-ethics-of-extreme-porn-is-some-sex-wrong-even-among-consenting-adults/275898/

Other sources to consider not cited in the paper:

Butler, Judith. (1997). The Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection. Stanford, California. Stanford University Press.

Knafo, Danielle and Feiner, Kenneth. (2006) Unconscious Fantasies and the Relational World. Hillside, NJ. The Analytic Press, Inc. Part of the “Relational Perspective Book Series” Volume 31.

Freud, Sigmund. (1924). The dissolution of the Oedipus Complex. Standard Edition. Volume 19. London: Hogarth Press.

Wieland, C. (1996). Matricide and Destructiveness: Infantile Anxieties and Technological Culture. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 12(3),

Douglas, H., Harris, B.A., & Dragiewicz, .M. (2019). Technology-facilitated Domestic and Family Violence: Women’s Experiences. The British Journal of Criminology, 59(3),

Dickes, R. (1963). Fetishistic Behavior: A Contribution to Its Complex Development and Significance. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 11(2), 303–330.

Niedecken, D. (2016). The primal scene and symbol formation. The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 97(3), 665–683.

Gibson, M. (2020). Deceptive Sexual Relations: A Theory of Criminal Liability. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Advance Article,

Conaghan, .J. (2019). The Essence of Rape. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 39(1),

Sanders, Laura. (2021). Can privacy coexist with technology that reads and changes brain activity? Sciencenews.org. Published online February 11, 2021. Accessed February 11, 2021. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/technology-brain-activity-read-change-thoughts-privacy-ethics?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=latest-newsletter-v2&utm_source=Latest_Headlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest_Headlines

Gilbert, Ben. (2021). Elon Musk says Neuralink implanted a chip in a monkey’s brain, and now he can play video games using his mind. Business Insider. MSN.com. Published online February 1, 2021. Accessed February 11, 2021. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/elon-musk-s-neuralink-implanted-a-chip-into-a-monkey-s-brain-and-now-he-can-play-video-games-using-his-mind/ar-BB1di71k

Elizalde, Elizabeth. (2021). Elon Musk says Neuralink could start implanting chips in human brains ‘later this year’. NYPost.com. Published online February 3, 2021. Accessed February 12, 2021. https://nypost.com/2021/02/03/elon-musk-neuralink-could-start-implanting-brain-chips-later-this-year/

Perper, Joshua A., and Cina, Stephen J. (2010) When Doctors Kill: Who, Why, and How. New York. Copernicus Books.

WRITTEN BYKaren Barna

Mother, Daughter, Gardener, Student, Graduate, Cook, Care-Giver, Lover of Books, Reader of Philosophy, Interested in Psychoanalysis

Understanding the Role of Methylation in Human Health and Research Studies Connecting It to the Development of Temperament and Adversity in Early Childhood

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The methylation of specific gene sequences plays a critical role in human health. Methylation is one of the most essential metabolic functions of the body and is dependent upon a variety of enzymes. Adapting to stress and the challenges of life is an aspect that methylation provides the body and without adequate methylation of specific gene sequences, individuals cannot adapt effectively and will suffer the deleterious effects of accelerated aging. Methylation is a controlled transfer of a methyl group (one carbon and three hydrogen atoms) onto proteins, amino acids, enzymes, and DNA in every cell and tissue of the body to regulate healing, cell energy, genetic expression of DNA, liver detoxification, immunity, and neurology. Some of the symptoms of inadequate methylation manifest as the following diseases:

Cardiovascular Disease

Diabetes

Multiple Sclerosis

Psychiatric Disorders (bipolar, depression, addiction)

Chronic Inflammation

Neurotransmitter Imbalances

Abnormal Immune Function

Dementia

Autism

Fertility & Miscarriages

Cancer

Chronic Fatigue

Alzheimer’s

Down’s Syndrome

Pregnancy Problems

Medications such as birth control pills, NSAID’s, thiazide-type diuretics, calcium-channel blockers at preventing heart attacks, and antacids deplete these nutrients and consume massive quantities of methyl groups for proper detoxification. Heavy metal exposure, chronic infections, alcohol consumption, and heavy emotional stress also deplete methyl groups and put us at risk.

A research paper entitled Sex differences in associations between early adversity, child temperament, and behavior problems published in the International Journal of Behavioral Development found there may be an association between the following factors, predisposition of genetic make-up, adverse environment, the development of personality, and temperament, and the inherent biological indices of stress in children all of which may contribute to externalizing and internalizing behaviors and psychopathologies.

Validation for the interpretation of the research information is supported by other research studies suggesting the association between forms of adversity such as child maltreatment and abuse, traumatic life events such as loss of a parent, inherent biological indices of stress in children like methylation of stress-sensitive genetic polymorphisms and accelerated cellular aging, and behavior problems in children who exhibit internalizing and externalizing psychopathologies (SEE Parade et al., 2016; Ridout et al., 2019, for more information)

It has been suggested that more definitive studies need to be conducted in order to untangle the various factors believed to contribute to adverse outcomes of adversity in childhood such as; loss of a parent, separation from a parent, catastrophic event, neglect, maltreatment, and abuse. It has been suggested that longitudinal studies spanning multiple developmental periods (e.g., early childhood, middle adulthood, adolescence, and adulthood) be conducted to try and give a clearer picture and perhaps untangle how genetics and gender connect with adverse environments such as exposure to violence, maltreatment, neglect, and abuse.

One of the conclusions drawn from research on sex differences in associations between early adversity, child temperament, and behavior problems was the fact there may exist an interplay between genetic make-up through the methylation of stress-sensitive genetic polymorphisms and adverse environments AND that genetic differences contribute to the development of a child’s temperament and also plays a role in behavioral problems through internalizing and externalizing psychopathologies.

How do the methylation of stress-sensitive genetic polymorphisms and accelerated cellular aging play into electronic assaults, electronic harassment, electronic torture of the electronically targeted individual? It plays into this phenomenon by introducing stress-inducing stimuli in the form of electromagnetic assaults against the human body and the human brain to try and, what I can only describe as “correcting behavior”, “teaching a lesson” or “controlling behavior.” This is not the proper way to correct any type of psychopathology or disease in the individual in an uncontrolled environment, in “at-will attacks”, but is rather a way to ensure accelerated negative outcomes that encourage the destruction of the self or others (e.g., death and aggression). By utilizing 21st-century technologies that target and attack, at will, in uncontrolled environments, the use of electromagnetic targeted assaults that stimulate or sedate, in my opinion, poses a high degree of risk in aggravating maladaptive behaviors that were once shaped by early childhood adversity (e.g., maltreatment, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect) and to which contribute to negative outcomes like self-inflicted suicide, state-assisted suicide, or exacerbated drug and alcohol abuse in the violence against these targeted subjects. Because the technology mimics the same method of maltreatment once experienced by the individual, people are at risk for falling back on maladaptive coping mechanisms or derangements in problem-solving to defend against its malevolence. In addition to introducing electronic stimuli that contribute to negative outcomes, manipulating environmental stress so as to induce fights, arguments and chaos contribute to negative outcomes as well. Outcomes like obesity, depression, type 2 diabetes, alcoholism, drug use, cardiovascular disease, and cancer because it exacerbates the body’s ability to defend against environmental stressors, of which the body may already be compromised because of the existence of methylation of stress-sensitive genetic polymorphisms and the accelerated cellular aging process in people with compromised methylation. Methylation contributes to type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, psychiatric disorders, abnormal immune function, and neurotransmitter imbalances. In short, the use of electronic stimulation and sedation is nothing more than barbaric torture that facilitates a rogue means to an end in eliminating a perceived threat/enemy. It is the product of malevolence.

Furthermore, the lower classes who are dependent on welfare and state-funded healthcare are the “cattle” that maintain the economic supply and demand for low-cost pharmaceutical drugs. Consumption of low-cost generic drugs like metformin (diabetes), hydrochlorothiazide (diuretic), metoprolol (blood pressure), and statin drugs (cholesterol-lowering) to name just a few, supply a portion of the upper-middle class providing payment and economic base. It supports a middle-man pharmaceutical industry. It’s a business, and it’s a disease of economics. It angers me that research in the field of psychology, psychiatry, and human development tells us where the greatest problems reside and those with political and economic power cannot find better ways to address these problems. Our communities are at risk of becoming underfunded and poorly served. If violence is on the rise, then likely, too, is the maltreatment of our future adults. With the advent of the phenomenon of the electronically targeted individual suffering electronic assaults, electronic harassment, electronic torture, isn’t it likely that this phenomenon is the result of externalizing psychopathologies based in the maltreatment, abuse, neglect, and adversity of early childhood experiences? Research tells me that the person carrying out these targeted assaults against me is probably between the age of 22 and 35. It also tells me that he is more likely male than female. That he most likely has dark hair and brown eyes, below-average height (5’6) or average height (5’9), and of average weight, is knowledgeable with electronics and hi-tech devices. It also tells me he most probably has a certain amount of disposable income, most likely lives alone, and has a certain amount of free time because he has trouble with intimate partner relationships but may have male friendships in which there may be a network of criminal activity. He most likely suffers from a personality disorder or some type of psychiatric syndrome. Personality traits like the Dark Triad or Narcissistic Personality Disorder come to mind. It’s likely too, that this man has already presented himself to me face-to-face, and I didn’t realize it. And that he probably has an above-average IQ and is enjoying the fact that I can’t pin anything on him because this form of assault provides absolutely no proof to support victimization. Other than the proof that I’ve gained a lot of weight, sometimes speak slower when electromagnetic sedation is turned on and as a result of its disorientating side effects, I will sometimes stumble and lose my balance void of any consumption of alcohol.

But, back to the research that I have uncovered. Research suggests there may be transactional causes to the development of not only temperament, but that adverse effects stimulate the methylation of stress-sensitive genetic polymorphisms and accelerated cellular aging. It has been suggested that the transactional interactions between mother-infant, mother-child, mother-adolescent, mother-young adult, and child in adulthood need to be evaluated and studied spanning the multiple developmental periods in order to understand the development of temperament and the internalizing and externalizing psychopathologies of behavior. It has also been suggested that the development of temperament plays a role in the interactions between mother and child and of which the methylation of stress-sensitive genetic polymorphism may also be affected by adverse parenting. It has also been suggested that biological gender plays a role in the methylation of stress-sensitive genetic polymorphisms and accelerated cellular aging and that men (boys) may suffer at disproportional rates than women. Of course, there is other research in conflict with this finding and that research data suggests both men and women are equally affected. Of course, a clearer picture also needs to be provided in order to understand fully the effects of methylation of stress-sensitive genetic polymorphisms and accelerated cellular aging on gender, temperament, internalizing and externalizing psychopathologies of behavior, and various human diseases like bipolar, depression, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Further research is needed to analyze the connection between early infant adversity and the predisposition of methylation of stress-sensitive genetic polymorphisms and accelerated cellular aging. In the paper Sex differences in associations between early adversity, child temperament, and behavior problems state that sex differences in associations between early adversity, child temperament, and behavior problems: “….[sex differences in associations between early adversity, child temperament, and behavior problems] expected associations with theoretically relevant constructs including other forms of adversity such as child maltreatment, traumatic life events, biological indices of stress in children like the methylation of stress-sensitive genetic polymorphisms and accelerated cellular aging, and behavior problems in children such as internalizing and externalizing symptoms; (see Parade et al., 2016; Ridout et al., 2019, for more information.)”

The paper Methylation of the Glucocorticoid Receptor Gene Promoter in Preschoolers: Links with Internalizing Behavior Problems stated that “childhood adversity is associated with the development of behavior problems as well as mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders in both childhood and adulthood.”

The research paper found the methylation of the glucocorticoid receptor gene promoter is associated with internalizing psychopathologies and behavioral problems in preschoolers and that males had greater mean methylation at 1F exon 2 of the NR3C1 promoter region than females and that this finding was associated with internalizing behavior problems (psychopathologies).

The paper cites the following:

“Methylation of NR3C1 at exons 1D and 1F was positively associated with internalizing, but not externalizing, behavior problems. Furthermore, NR3C1 methylation mediated effects of early adversity on internalizing behavior problems. These results suggest that methylation of NR3C1 contributes to psychopathology in young children, and NR3C1 methylation from saliva DNA is salient to behavioral outcomes.”

In the paper, Childhood maltreatment, behavioral adjustment, and molecular markers of cellular aging in preschool-aged children: A cohort study, published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, the objective of the study was to understand the major risk factors contributing to behavioral problems and poor physical health as well as poor mental health. It found that childhood maltreatment is a major risk factor for the development of behavioral problems and poor physical health as well as poor mental health. Accelerated cellular aging, through reduced telomere length and mitochondrial dysfunction, may be a mechanism underlying these associations.

The results of the paper found that maltreatment and other adverse experiences were significant positive predictors of both telomere length and mtDNAcn over time. Internalizing and externalizing behavior problems were also both significantly associated with telomere length, but only internalizing symptoms were associated with mtDNAcn (mitochondrial DNA).

So what does all this mean? It means there is an interaction between our genes and adverse early childhood experiences like the death of a parent, separation from a parent, homelessness, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and cataclysmic events such as countries at war. And that these interactions give rise to negative outcomes such as internalizing and externalizing psychopathologies of behavior. This is how we explain the phenomenon of the targeted individual suffering from electronic assaults, electronic harassment, and electronic torture. I’d just like to add that there is relatively no difference for the child when it comes to differences involving domestic violence, war-torn regions, and the effects of adverse parenting like physical and sexual abuse. This is why we have crime. This is why we have war.

The Primal Scene and Symbol Formation: Why war and the electronically targeted individual — Proclivities’ Principle Wisdom (wordpress.com)

Sources and References:

Coe, J., Micalizzi, L., Josefson, B., Parade, S., Seifer, R., & Tyrka, A. (2020). Sex differences in associations between early adversity, child temperament, and behavior problems. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 44(6), 490–504.

Tang L, Wang L, Ye H, Xu X, Hong Q, Wang H, Xu L, Bu S, Zhang L, Cheng J, Liu P, Ye M, Mai Y, Duan S. BCL11A gene DNA methylation contributes to the risk of type 2 diabetes in males. Exp Ther Med. 2014 Aug;8(2):459–463. doi: 10.3892/etm.2014.1783. Epub 2014 Jun 12. PMID: 25009601; PMCID: PMC4079426. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25009601/

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WRITTEN BYKaren Barna

Mother, Daughter, Gardener, Student, Graduate, Cook, Care-Giver, Lover of Books, Reader of Philosophy, Interested in Psychoanalysis

Maid to Order: The Commercial Fetishism of High Technologies in the Era of the Electronically Targeted Individual

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The new age of computer technology and wireless devices has given rise to issues surrounding cyber-surveillance (illegal security-service surveillance) and has been associated with crimes like cyberstalking, sextortion, murder, cyber misbehavior, and terrorizing intimate partners with newly developed 21st-century technologies, and to which encompass the United States “National Security Cyber Investigation” in the 21st century and beyond (The United States Attorney’s Bulletin, 2016; Department of Justice Journal of Federal Law and Practice, 2019).

Just like Madonna’s erotic photo album “Sex” is filled with the theatrical paraphernalia of BDSM: boots, chains, leather, whips, masks, costumes, and scripts, so too, is there a potential for newly advancing technologies that seek to subjugate Objects (victims) using an electromagnetic tether and electronic devices to control the victim. These high technologies provide an avenue for the sexual pervert to carry out a form of BDSM in fantasy. To warn of the ominous dangers inherent in these new advancing “service-security surveillance” technologies, technologies that are at play as part of the phenomenon otherwise known as the electronically targeted individual, become grossly understated (Douglas, Harris & Dragiewicz, 2019). Like BDSM, these new advancing technologies target, harass, assault, and torture victims and it runs the risk of unleashing a truly insidious dark side found within human nature itself. A power unleashed on an unsuspecting greater public with even more horror. Its uses are of particular danger to women, children, and anyone lacking power. People belonging to minority groups who lacking education, wealth, and connections of power to defend against it. For the most part, it has been women who run the risk of being raped, but children are also in danger at the hands of pedophiles. Homosexuals and transgender men and women are also targets of violence. A new tide has been unleashed in the era of the 21st century, and it is one that may bring with it a murderous and disastrous undoing.

Harnessing control of the human body utilizing radiological devices (electronic devices that respond to frequency) against the will of the human target is one of the most insidious and clandestine attempts of absolute power rooted in the paranoid-schizoid personality position. Its attempt to humiliate and dehumanize, usurping power away from human Objects (victims) is on par with the murderous machinery of the Holocaust and the inhumane experiments that followed in its aftermath performed by Nazi doctors (see Jacobs, 2007). Its actions are rooted in psychotic fantasies of the primal scene and because of its cloak of invisibility, a concept of crisis has developed. How are we to adequately describe these invisible violations if we can’t accurately explain what they are?

In the theatre of BDSM, patriarchy’s traditional theme is offered. The theme that manhood is synonymous with mastery, and submission is bound to female fate (see Neidecken, 2016; Knafo & Feiner, 1996; Knafo & Feiner, 2006). In the theatre of BDSM, a dominant’s foot may be presented as bound and a leash straps him or her to the neck of their submissive. This bondage fetish performs identity in theatre performance and displays for an audience that power is intertwined with independence. Scenes of bondage are often stapled with scenes of abandonment and separation. For if it were to display unity, there would be no need for the props it utilizes; chains, whips, handcuffs, blindfolds, leather leashes, straps, and wooden paddles (Madonna, 1992). Sex as high theatre and in the world of BDSM, high theatre parades images of servile obedience in the conventional modes of power. BDSM is situated within primal scene symbolism and it borrows its power from the everyday scenes of the cultural economies it is found in. Money, prisons, dungeons, bathrooms, and the houses of elite empires. In reality, it is nothing more than psychopathologies of the flesh. According to Richard von Krafft-Ebing, “Sadism was an aberrant and atavistic manifestation of the “innate desire to humiliate, hurt, wound, or even destroy others in order thereby to create sexual pleasure in one’s self (McClintock, 2013).” In the intercourse of the sexes, sexuality affords both men and women, not only the power but the greater pleasure in “winning over,” and “conquering.” It was Krafft-Ebing’s opinion that while men tend toward aggressive postures, women derive pleasure from innate coyness and, with her victory over attracting the gaze of her male aggressor, affords her intense gratification and satisfaction (McClintock, 2013). Especially when it runs against other females in competition for sex (Sarteschi, 2017). For the most part, men and women utilize violence in two very different ways. Similar to Krafft-Ebing’s opinion, statistical records record that the percentages of violence and favors male aggression (Fox & Fridel, 2017; Hudak, Corry, Schwimmer & Rupp, 2020). Whereas women tend toward more passive-aggressive modes of aggression, utilizing more hidden and clandestine alternatives (e.g., deception, pathological lying, and high impression management).

It is my opinion, I have an adult child harassing me, utilizing power over me with the use of electronic devices that respond to electromagnetic frequency signals (radio waves). A personality void of empathy and the capacity to feel any real concern for the welfare of others. He plays with me like a toy, a remote-control human toy. And in my opinion, it is one of the grandest criminal conspiracies rooted in organized crime I have ever come to know. This phenomenon possesses such a threat to the national security of the United States of America, that I fear for everyone’s safety in defense against it because it has harnessed the power to inflict even greater harm on American citizens walking freely within our country’s borders by usurping free will and acting as that person’s individual sovereign. It is bigger than just gang stalking. It has the power to control people like cattle. Like Hitler did with the Jews, it corrals people like livestock and groups them together as something “other.” And where ever there is absolute power, absolute virtue never follows. We know this from past history. Tyrants are little children who have never learned how to navigate loss and separation and mature into proper adult development (see Yardley, 2004). In a paper entitled “Dark Triad, Tramps, and Thieves” the authors write:

“Despite the obvious importance of individual differences in understanding offending behavior (e.g., Miller & Lynam, 2001; Wilcox, Sullivan, Jones, & van Gelder, 2014)there has been relatively little research exploring the relationships between personality and petty thefts in non-incarcerated adults (Lyons, & Jonason, 2015).”

This means there is a clinical lack of understanding regarding sadism’s relationship to personality within the population of non-incarcerated adults. That is to say, there is a tremendous lacuna in the research literature with regard to the prevalence of sadistic traits and their connection to personality in the world of non-incarcerated adults today, and how these individual-specific sadistic traits contribute to the invisible crime of electronic targeting. Because Lyons and Jonason’s research was based on the information provided by the self-reported crime that went unnoticed, it reveals to us the higher prevalence of sadism within adult non-incarcerated populations. This data is usually obtained by researchers utilizing the information provided by prison institutions who have access to the base of clinical evidence for incarcerated populations (see Lyons & Jonason, 2015; Buckels, Jones, & Paulhus, 2013; Johnson, Plouffe, & Saklofske, 2019; Krick, Tresp, Vatter, Ludwig, Wihlenda, & Rettenberger, 2016; Nitschke, Mokros, Osterheider, & Marshall, 2013).

Primal scene experiences and fantasies are viewed as a blueprint for internalized object relationships. The concept of the primal scene dramatically depicts a blending of past and present, fantasy and reality in the child’s relationships (see Niedecken, 2016; Knafo & Feiner, 1996; Knafo & Feiner, 2006). So, his use of objects in identificatory ways reveals to the onlooker his unanalyzed unconscious connection which speaks of a “human absence,” an empty and impoverished childhood. Because his behavior demonstrates a great absence in his ability to “connect” with the Object interpersonally, he uses a theatre stage with inanimate props and human subjects. In order for the perpetrator to establish his “connection” with one of his victims, he must utilize a prop that serves as an intermediary position, an electronic device. A device that functions as a counter-phobic object to ward of anxieties induced by this Object (Fabozzi, 2016; Gaddini, 2003; Galligan, 1994; Chatterji, 2009; Hull, 2004); electronic technology in the form of a handheld toy. Once he creates this “connection” he establishes a remote, from a distance, approach to establishing a relationship with the human target and thereby “wins” his “possession” based on unequal advantage (Winnicott, 1971). The stage of sexual commerce of BDSM is the transformation of power (Chescheir & Schulz, 2004),and this transformation is also witnessed in domestic violence and terrorism. This technology is no different than rape (Conaghan, 2019) or the coercive control used by the abuser in intimate partner relationships (Stark, 2007). It demonstrates a deeply troubled mind in terms of object relations, and I am going to theorize this troubling behavior may be the product of avoidant or ambivalent attachment in childhood (Wallin, 2007). Children who suffer from avoidant attachment possess the greatest potential for inflicting harm. As a result of avoidant attachment, persistent parental abandonment, and neglect force the child to play independently by himself with his toy props. These children appear very well behaved to onlookers because they don’t cry once their parental objects have left the room. And because of this persistent parental abandonment and neglect, the child may have trouble establishing relationships in adulthood. This troubling behavior may also be due to a learning disability like autism. It may also be the result of “payback” for some perceived wrong and the human Object (victim) has now become part of the “bad breast” in the paranoid splitting of the mother. The paranoid-schizoid personality suffers from the psychic splitting of the mother into two parts; the good breast and the bad breast (see Jacobs, 2007). It is also termed the ambivalent breast which makes up ambivalent attachment. Either way, whatever is at the root of this troublesome behavior it MUST be stopped!!!

Source references that have provided me a window of clarity and a better perspective on the subject matter at hand follow here:

Buckels, E., Jones, D., & Paulhus, D. (2013). Behavioral Confirmation of Everyday Sadism. Psychological Science, 24(11), 2201–2209.

Chatterji, A. (2009). “Psychoanalysis and the Unconscious” and D.W. Winnicott’s Transitional and Related Phenomena. The Psychoanalytic Review, 96(5), 785–800.

Chescheir, M., & Schulz, K. (2004). The development of a capacity for concern in antisocial children: Winnicott’s concept of human relatedness. Clinical Social Work Journal, 17(1), 24–39.

Conaghan, .J. (2019). The Essence of Rape. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 39(1),

Cybercrime and Cyber Threats. Department of Justice Journal of Federal Law and Practice. United States Department of Justice. Vol. 67, №1. February 2019.

Cyber Misbehavior. The United States Attorneys’ Bulletin. Department of Justice. Vol. 64, №3. May 2016.

Douglas, H., Harris, B.A., & Dragiewicz, .M. (2019). Technology-facilitated Domestic and Family Violence: Women’s Experiences. The British Journal of Criminology, 59(3),

Fabozzi, P. (2016). The Use of the Analyst and the Sense of Being Real: The Clinical Meaning of Winnicott’s “The Use of an Object.” The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 85(1), 1–34.

Fox, James A., & Fridel, Emma E., Phd. (2017) Gender Differences in Patterns and Trends in U.S. Homicide, 1976–2015. Violence and Gender, Vol. 4, №2.

Gaddini, R. (2003). The Precursors of Transitional Objects and Phenomena. Psychoanalysis and History, 5(1), 53–61.

Galligan, A. (1994). Transitional Objects: A Review of the Literature. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 7(4),

Hudak, L., Corry, D., Schwimmer, H., & Rupp, J. (2020) Firearm-Facilitated Sexual Assault: Using Emergency Department Data to Provide a Novel Perspective of the Problem. Violence and Gender. Vol. 7., №1.

Hull, J. (2004). Videogames: Transitional phenomena in adolescence. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 2(2), 106–113.

Jacobs, Amber. (2007). On Matricide: Myth, Psychoanalysis, and the Law of the Mother. New York. Columbia University Press.

Johnson, L., Plouffe, R., & Saklofske, D. (2019). Subclinical Sadism and the Dark Triad. Journal of Individual Differences, 40(3), 127–133.

Knafo, D., & Feiner, K. (1996). The Primal Scene: Variations on a Theme. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 44(2), 549–569.

Knafo, D., & Feiner, K. (2006). Unconscious Fantasies and the Relational World. Hillside, NJ. The Analytic Press, Inc. Part of the “Relational Perspective Book Series,” Volume 31.

Krick, A., Tresp, S., Vatter, M., Ludwig, A., Wihlenda, M., & Rettenberger, M. (2016). The Relationships Between the Dark Triad, the Moral Judgment Level, and the Students’ Disciplinary Choice. Journal of Individual Differences, 37(1), 24–30.

Lyons, M., & Jonason, P. (2015). Dark Triad, Tramps, and Thieves. Journal of Individual Differences, 36(4), 215–220.

Madonna. Sex. Published by Warner Books. https://archive.org/details/sex_20190913/page/n1/mode/2up

McClintock, Anne. (1993) “Maid to Order: Commercial Fetishism and Gender Power. Social Text. №37, A Special Section Edited by Anne McClintock Explores the Sex Trade (Winter 1993), pp.87–116. Duke University Press. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/94de/42b7efda8383d0484d0265d39be4e4a18906.pdf?_ga=2.88683026.869618494.1612888872-1035488512.1612888872

Miller, J.D., & Lynam, D. (2001). Structural models of personality and their relation to antisocial behaviour: A meta-analytic review. Criminology, 39, 765–798.

Niedecken, D. (2016). The primal scene and symbol formation. The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 97(3), 665–683.

Nitschke, J., Mokros, A., Osterheider, M., & Marshall, W. (2013). Sexual Sadism. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 57(12), 1441–1453.

Sarteschi, Christine M., (2017). “Jodi Arias: A Case of Extreme Violence.” Violence and Gender. Vol. 4, №3. (September 2017).

Stark, Evan (2007) Coercive Control: Entrapment of women in everyday life. New York. Oxford University Press.

Wallin, David J. (2007). Attachment in Psychotherapy. New York. The Guilford Press.

Wilcox, P., Sullivan, C.J., Jones, S., & van Gelder, J.L. (2014). Personality and opportunity: An integrated approach to offending and victimization. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 41, 880–901.

Winnicott, D.W. (1971). “The use of the Object and relating through identifications.” In Playing and Reality. Harmondsworth. Penguin, 1980.

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WRITTEN BYKaren Barna

Mother, Daughter, Gardener, Student, Graduate, Cook, Care-Giver, Lover of Books, Reader of Philosophy, Interested in Psychoanalysis

Some Notes on How Technology-Facilitated Violence Relates to the Use of Objects and the Transitional Object Phenomena in Object Relations Theory

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Tags: Electronic Targeting, Electronic Torture, Electronic Harassment, Targeted Individuals, Technology-Facilitated Violence, Crime, Abuse, Physical Assault, Object Relations, Stalking, Cyber Stalking, Cyber Misbehavior, Domestic Violence, Coercive Control, Online, 21st Century Technology, Terrorizing Intimate Partners, Violent Crime, Sextortion, Sexual Assault, Grooming Female Sex Roles

According to the following journal article, the person that keeps using electromagnetics against me needed something to suck on as an infant as a precursor to his/her transitional counter-phobic object phenomena. In the paper, The Precursors of Transitional Objects and Phenomena, Renata Gaddini states:

“Transitional objects and phenomena have precursors too. Precursors differ from transitional objects in that they are neither separate from the infant (e.g., the thumb) nor created by him (e.g., the dummy shoved into the infant’s mouth are coped with, in the early months, with these precursors. Autistic children are not able to cope thus; they do not suck. A possible biological, constitutional basis has recently been suggested by Frances Tustin for this inability: that it may be due to muscle floppiness and poor coordination.

Precursors of transitional objects are based on nipple-like sensations. They correspond to those which Tustin used to refer to as normal autistic objects and which she now indicates as autosensuous. Precursors to transitional objects are objects that have the capacity to console the child and have not been discovered or invented by the child. They are provided by the mother or are parts of the child’s or the mother’s body. Besides the tongue and the fingers, the forerunners of transitional objects include (1) the pacifier, (2) the bottle used as a pacifier (3) the child’s wrist (4) the mother’s wrist (5) the back of the child’s hand (6) the back of the mother’s hand and (7) the child’s hair, ears or naevi, which are touched or rubbed to produce a tactile sensation in association with the sucking or other combined actions.”

What’s interesting about the precursor to transitional objects is they have exclusive talismanic value typical of transitional objects. A talisman is any object ascribed with religious or magical powers intended to protect, heal, or even harm individuals for whom they are made. Talismans are often portable objects carried on someone in a variety of ways, but can also be installed permanently in architecture. If these “portable objects” can be permanently installed in architecture, then what prevents modern medicine from implanting these talismanic electronic tethers that respond to the electromagnetic frequency in the bodies of human beings. What’s interesting regarding the talismanic symbolism associated with these electronic tethers (the electronic device that sends electromagnetic signals to biologically implanted devices to torture and abuse) is that new and advancing technology is portable, it can provide protection as seen in the “Find My Device” and “On Star” feature in cell phones and modern automobiles, and they may even be capable of inflicting harm by hacking or casting electronic signals to transient Objects in the environment.

As is well known, transitional objects and phenomena are basically symbols of union, that is union after separation from the mother. In adolescence, the use of videogames with the use of remote controls can facilitate coping mechanisms in which the child can feel powerful utilizing Objects (e.g., machine guns and swords) as the extension of the self. Only gradually do they represent the baby or the mother and father. Because of the significance of symbolism regarding the union with the mother, a union that is represented because the mother exploits the precursory transitional objects as a way to “break free” from attentive caregiving by forcing these objects into the mouth of the infant (Winnicott, 1968). Also, these transitional objects can manifest as counter-phobic objects; fetishized objects used as religious amulets. Renata Gaddini states:

“It is the transitional object at a time when there is as yet no separateness and individuation because there has not been separation and loss and the origin of the potential space for creation. At times it is difficult to differentiate the precursor object from the transitional object in purely descriptive terms. We must be able to understand what each of them means to the infant.”

To understand what separation and individuation means, it is defined as the infant separating from the mother as he or she begins to understand his or her world through the realization that mother is separate from the infant. That is, the infant-self realizes the mother has wishes and a will of her own which are separate and independent of the child’s. The child is free to develop his own unique sense of identity. In most cases, separation and individuation phases occur in most adults. With regards to myself, in my particular case, separation and individuation has occurred. But it hasn’t occurred with the perpetrator using the electronic device that acts as the transitional counter-phobic object in its attacks against me as the “surrogate breast.” As the transitional counter-phobic object (e.g., electronic device casting the signals) the perpetrator uses to abuse the “surrogate breast”, this behavior is based on the paranoid-schizoid position of personality disorders. The same spectrum of disorders also includes autism. These two positions, paranoid-schizoid and autism, can be made relevant through the adult child’s lack of concern or empathy for the Object through its repetitive sadistic attacks. Because the child continues in its sadistic, primitive, and archaic attacks against the surrogate Object it represents a developmental failure in acquiring the capacity for concern and empathy.

People might say to me, “Oh, well it’s because you haven’t separated from your mother. You need to find your own place, free and clear of any dependent “status” on your maternal object.” First, I have been dedicating my time and attention to my 86-year-old mother because she is failing in her mobility. What’s more, many people do not understand this requires much more than just a “move away” from an Object towards independence. It requires legal interventions, explanations, and empirical evidence in which courts of law, mental health caregivers, and the general public can utilize as a resource in stopping this form of experimental coercive control and abuse. It requires restraining orders and lawsuits to make sure these types of abuses aren’t perpetrated on the general public at large. A benchmark standard with which federal and state law practices can adhere to definitions, terms, and penalties for such violations. These are all needed because it’s not just my physical safety that is in danger. The general public at large is in danger of receiving these same violations if legislation isn’t passed. Because I’m certainly not the one performing the sadistic, primitive attacks against my own body with regard to this electronic targeting and torture. Issues of personal safety are at risk for the general safety and security of the nation.

It is my opinion that the person using this electronic tether connected to my body suffers periodic psychotic breaks in reality in which he or she believes they are in their full right to torture, demean, dehumanize, through violent means if necessary, the sadistic behavior directed at me, the Object, which appears to threaten the perpetrator’s existence in some way. This is based on a delusional fantasy because the perpetrators of these attacks have no foundation on which to factually base any real claims of “threat” and the electronic tether acts or behaves like the original precursor to transitional objects found in object relations. It quells anxiety, gives the adult child a feeling of having a “super-power” and it provides the child with satisfaction as they have dominion and control over “mother’s vast resources”; love, nurture, attention, the endless supply of her breast milk, warmth and protection because they are now in control of the Object. With regard to the attention-seeking behavior of these electronic assaults, how else would the perpetrator keep his or her victim “speaking” about these phantasmagorical, seemingly absurd violations but to continually make sure the electromagnetic signals keep getting delivered to the Object body? Could have this perpetrator been ignored, left hungry, and cold by his or her maternal Object? And now threatened are they by the Object’s “move away” from his or her wishes? Here is where the “stand-in Object” fills the void and quells the anxiety, the hole left behind from an earlier neglectful mother? It is, after all, the “pacifier” or the “breast substitute” (e.g., the bottle filled with milk) that helps quell the anxiety of mother’s separation from the child, and this electronic tether can most certainly be perceived as the stand-in “pacifier” for the lost Object. It is in all likelihood the perpetrator may have suffered profound abuse and neglect at the hands of an abusive maternal Object in his or her early childhood development as this abuse is pathological. Abandoned and left ignored of his/her basic needs, he uses a transitional counter-phobic object, the electronic tether, to cope. I say this because I see it as a recapitulation of the same abuse received in childhood as its aim is to thwart the progress of a self-caring Object (e.g., thwarting physical exercise and bathing). Renata Gaddini further states:

“We find that the process of attachment to the transitional object (the symbolic representation of the reunion with the lost mother) takes place when the child feels deserted or lonely in the empty space and time between the developing self and the mother. Soon the transitional object will serve as a powerful protection against anxiety arising from the threat of separation and abandonment, anxiety which arises particularly in relation to the detachment from reality and the separation from the object, such as occurs when falling asleep.”

Gaddini, R. (2003). The Precursors of Transitional Objects and Phenomena. Psychoanalysis and History, 5(1), 53–61

Winnicott, D.W. (1968) From the unpublished correspondence with Renata Gaddini (cited in the above paper).

https://www.justice.gov/usao/resources/journal-of-federal-law-and-practice

WRITTEN BYKaren Barna

Mother, Daughter, Gardener, Student, Graduate, Cook, Care-Giver, Lover of Books, Reader of Philosophy, Interested in Psychoanalysis

Technologically-Facilitated Domestic Violence and Terrorism in Personal Civilian Life: Reviewing the psychoanalytic literature

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Updated: January 28, 2021 08:18 AM EST

Tags: Violence, Electronic Targeting, Stalking, Cyber Stalking, Cyber Misbehavior, Domestic Violence, Coercive Control, Online, 21st Century Technology, Terrorizing Intimate Partners, Violent Crime, Sextortion, United States vs. Matusiewicz, 1st Cyber Stalking Case Resulting in Death

Research into the cause of violence suggests it begins as a breakdown of meaning in the advent of the irrational (Whitehead, 2007). In the irrational’s commission to do physical harm to the outgroup. Certainly, this is a fair description of what violence is, but what about the violence of speech, the peripheral phenomena outside of physical hitting and punching that aims to stripe a person of their unique identity through the process of dehumanization (Bevens & Loughnan, 2019). Hostility in the tone and voice towards another which demonstrates profound contempt or fear for the outgroup can begin with what may ultimately seem “benign” and to which some people perceive as acceptable “communication”. But oftentimes its culmination manifests into physical violence, bloodshed, and homicide. It is for this reason many individuals feel offended and violated when the cultural ethos of the group manifests as hate speech, derogatory slurs, and curses. These are received as boundary violations because the speech violates civil modes of decency U.S. citizens are expected to maintain toward one another. What’s worse is when the violence seeks to delegitimize the person’s feelingsopinions, and rights, which may make the person feel as if they are less deserving of civilized respect and love. This is part of the abuse found in the technology of coercive control in which the perpetrator makes the victim doubt what he or she already knows to be true. It’s called perspecticide and its one of the most devastating psychological effects of isolation in abuse-related incapacity. The confusion created by casting doubt into the victim’s mind that makes that person question what they already know or have experienced is part of the psychopath’s game at manipulation and control. Perspecticide is also called gaslighting.

In the area of moral exclusion and disengagement the moral dimensions of dehumanization in the context of sanctioned mass violence, focusing on the conditions under which normal moral restraints on violence are weakened. Hostility generates violence indirectly by dehumanizing victims so that no moral relationship with the victim inhibits the victimizer’s violent behavior. In this way, the perpetrator eludes the moral responsibility they are expected to maintain as part of the social contract and can further complete the violence. Dehumanization involves denying a person their unique “identity” — a perception of the person “as an individual, independent and distinguishable from others, capable of making choices” and “community” — a perception of the other as “part of an interconnected network of individuals who care for each other”. When people are divested of these agentic and communal aspects of humanness, they are deindividuated, lose the capacity to evoke compassion and moral emotions, and may be treated as means toward vicious ends (Haslam, 2006).

But what if violence is considered ennobling, redeeming, and necessary to the continuance of a learned lifestyle? In other words, the cultural ethos of some groups legitimizes acts of violence as a solution to settle disputes because these violent acts have been distilled in the minds of observers, victims, and perpetrators (Chodorow, 2012). One woman said, “I never considered my rape, actual rape.” This is because sexual coercion is something women sometimes expect from male suitors. The matters of legitimacy are not at all separate from the way violent acts themselves are considered violent in the first place. Subtle cues, hints of contempt and fear in a person speech and behavior, sideways glances, and the subtle usurpations of power through the process of dehumanization by those in power who, denying certain groups rights and privileges, deny characteristics that are uniquely human and characteristics that constitute the other person human. Those with the higher intelligence to know how to problem-solve via communication (higher language and speech), the networking of groups doesn’t resort to violence but pursue legislation through legitimate means like gathering signatures to petition the government for redress, they resort to their community to form campaigns of change that raise awareness about injustices so to promote change LEGALLY.

For Naomi Wolf, the beauty myth exists to “naturalize” a social construction that serves the interest of patriarchy: “it is the last, best belief system that keeps male dominance intact (Gottschall, 2008).”

Since one of the ways women are commonly dehumanized is through pornography, and the use of illustrations displaying princesses in fairytales with extreme beauty with small waistlines populate our storybook lore which allows for young girls to introject, at a very young age, a cultural beauty standard. Men place great value on female physical attractiveness because it is a trustworthy indicator of general overall health, wellness, and relative fertility (Gottschall, 2008). Some men use disfigurement of the female body so that male dominance is exerted and a woman’s power is stolen. Acts of castration such as acid in the face, slashing the facial features with a knife, cutting a woman’s tongue out, and the binding of feet to achieve some ideal of beauty as seen in Asian culture are historical facts. The new age of male dominance being exerted over females is being perpetrated through the use of technology. Technology-Facilitated Domestic and Family Violence in reports of women’s experience suggests that the profound dependency on smartphones, cameras, Internet-connected devices, computers, and platforms such as Facebook facilitates domestic abuse and family violence. The frequency and nature of abusive behaviors described by women who report the violence suggest this is a key form of abuse deserving more significant attention and study (also please refer to the paper by Taylor & Strutton, 2016). “Devices and software — smartphones, mobile applications perpetrators and their peers to escalate and amplify abuse. Conversely, technology can be used by survivors and their allies to attain empowerment, share and seek information and support, and challenge victim-blaming discourses (Douglas, Harris & Dragiewicz, 2019).” But empirical research on how technology-facilitates domestic and family violence is lacking. Media and practitioner accounts highlight how the use of advancing technology has manifested in domestic violence but there seems to be a lack of understanding on how it is used as a counter-phobic object in modern research. For example, the implantation of devices in the body that respond to electromagnetic frequency and utilizing global positioning applications to “find” someone’s smartphone location. Donald Winnicott wrote on the child’s need for the use of objects and relating through identifications, and the phenomenon of transitional objects in childhood (Winnicott, 1971). A more recent paper published by James W. Hull, M.D., illustrates how videogames fill the role of transitional phenomena in adolescent development (Hull, 2004). Hull states,

“There is a trend for increasing realism in the fantasy situations portrayed. This can include providing a completely enclosed environment for the player, such as one fighter plane game in which the player sits in an enclosed “cockpit” with the action displayed on a screen in front of him. Another example is “Dragon’s Lair,” a cartoon game in which the player guides a knight through a series of danger situations, using the controls to direct the knight’s movements and to operate his sword. Depending on the player’s decisions, the cartoon action unfolds along different lines.

Most players are males in the age range from mid-adolescence to the early twenties. In an informal survey, Harry (1983), found that males outnumber females three to one, and other studies have found similar sex ratios. In the study by Bibb et. al. most players were between the ages of 16 and 24.”

In the Queensland Study of Australia, domestic family violence has been defined as:

“acts of violence that occur between people who have, or have had, an intimate relationship. While there is no single definition, the central element of domestic violence is an ongoing pattern of behavior aimed at controlling a partner through fear, for example by using behavior which is violent and threatening…In most cases, the violent behavior is part of a range of tactics to exercise power and control over women and their children … Domestic violence includes physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse (Douglas, Harris & Dragiewicz, 2019).”

For example, it has been claimed that “violence in the family should be understood primarily as coercive control.” Abusers utilize physical, sexual, emotional, and financial abuse and threats to dominate women partners, facilitating patterns of coercive control. The paper, Technology-Facilitated Domestic and Family Violence: Women’s Experiences draws on the work of Evan Stark’s 2007 work, Coercive Control: How Men Entrap Women In Everyday Life and states,

“Stark identified that DFV is characterized by a pattern of coercive and controlling behavior enacted in the context of intersectional structural inequality. Gender, racialized, economic, and legal stratification produces vulnerability to violence and shapes the forms it takes in specific historical, cultural, and geographic locations. In a setting that normalizes many non-physically abusive behaviors in relationships, survivors and others may minimize these forms of abuse.”

Stark outlines many of the different forms coercive control can take in abusive relationships. One of the forms coercive control takes is in the form of an experimental nature. That is to say, the form of coercive control that is experimental and interactive, rather than generic, evolves through a process of trial and error based on how a victim responds to stimuli. The regulatory regimes in coercive control run the gamut from primitive, transparently self-serving prohibitions or commands to seemingly objective performance standards that the perpetrator appears merely to adjudicate. But with the advent of electronically targeted individuals, the punishments come in the form of electronic shocks or stimulation (ie: torture) to the human body. To draw on an example, in a “letter of instruction” the perpetrator commands the victim “If I decide we sleep together, you humbly comply without a fight. Do not physically resist me; don’t allow me to ask you three times. If you do not answer within 30 seconds after I ask you a question, be prepared to pay for it (Stark, 2007; 206–207).” When another victim failed to comply with her perpetrator’s instruction to hand over $500 of her government relief check, an electronic signal was turned on in her body (ie: head and lower back) as she immediately felt the intensity of the electromagnetic field emanating from her body. On consecutive days the symptoms that followed were a push and pull of an invisible electromagnetic field (ie: a current or wavefield flowed through her body) for not complying with her perpetrator’s request. She also felt the shock of an electromagnetic signal that forced her to almost fall onto the stairs she was walking up.

Electronic targeted assaults against the human body present more of a problem to our culture than our empirical research and understanding of its manifestation provides us. The unanalyzed unconscious fantasies surrounding domination and control that delegitimize another person’s privileges and rights. When conflict and disagreement ensue in intimate partnership relationships, what has evolved in the 21st century with the advent of modern computers, wireless technology, global positioning systems, and “online” devices is the technological-facilitated abusive violence towards victims who have primarily been women and children. We have now arrived at a level of criminality in society that holds the potential to exist and elude capture because its very nature is subtle, clandestine, and surreptitious. How do you prove your loved one, or someone outside your family unit for that matter, “turned on” the electromagnetic frequency when this person hasn’t physically touched you? One thing is certain because the frequency and nature of abusive behaviors described by women who report the violence suggest that technologically facilitated domestic and family violence is real and is a key form of abuse deserving more significant attention and study.

In May 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice published a bulletin through the United States Attorney General’s Office in Washington, DC addressing current issues with cyber misbehavior. It is a worthwhile resource for anyone who has a loved one, close friend, or associate being targeted and stalked by an abusive perpetrator. The problem with cyberstalking, electronic harassment, and electronic torture reside in its effects that can take a toll on the emotional well-being and physical health of the targeted victim(s). And with regard to electronic torture, victims of this type of abuse need even more protection under the law simply because the very laws that have been instituted to protect the general public from such violations apply.

Following the U.S. Department of Justice’s press releases, there have been no arrests made in connection with the type of torture my friend has described to me. The wrongful violation, against the patient’s will of implanting electromagnetic wireless devices that deliver signals to the target’s brain and the private areas of her body, can be defined as “unwanted touching” with remote wireless signals. We are all familiar with the use of vibrators in sex roles. The vibrational signals that are turned on remotely, sensations and experiences my friend has described to me, are received unexpectedly and unannounced. Remote signals that are cast from afar, under the stealth of secrecy, signals that touch intimate body parts, have not been described or prosecuted in any federal case? In any type of treatment therapy, whether it be psychiatry, physical therapy or general medicine, the induced electromagnetic stimulation by a medical doctor is always done in a controlled setting with legal consent given by the patient. What my friend is describing goes against the ethical standards put in place by medical boards that govern such behavior with regard to “treatment” and bring to light many, many questions surrounding violence, culture, videogame culture, men’s sexual aggression towards women and children, the historical dehumanization of men, advancements in technological-facilitated violence, how coercive control work against the autonomy women and children, how sexual grooming plays into these types of perpetrations, and how “beauty” may provoke such harassments and torture.

Source:

Whitehead, N. (2007). Violence & the cultural order. Daedalus, 136(1), 40–50.

Bevens, C., & Loughnan, S. (2019). Insights into Men’s Sexual Aggression Toward Women: Dehumanization and Objectification. Sex Roles, 81(12), 713–730.

Haslam, N. (2006). Dehumanization: An Integrative Review. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 10(3), 252–264.

Chodorow, N. (2012). Hate, Humiliation, and Masculinity. In Individualizing Gender and Sexuality: Theory and Practice. New York. Routledge. pp.121–136.

Gottschall, J. (2008). The “Beauty Myth” Is No Myth. Human Nature, 19(2), 174–188.

Douglas,.H., Harris, B.A., & Dragiewicz, .M. (2019). Technology-facilitated Domestic and Family Violence: Women’s Experiences. The British Journal of Criminology, 59(3)

Winnicott, D.W. (1971). “The use of the Object and relating through identifications.” In Playing and Reality. Harmondsworth. Penguin, 1980.

Hull, J. (2004). Videogames: Transitional phenomena in adolescence. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 2(2), 106–113.

Stark, E. (2007). Coercive Control: How Men Entrap Women in Personal Life. New York. Oxford University Press.

Cyber Misbehavior. (2016). The Department of Justice Journal of Federal Law and Practice, Vol. 64, №3, pp. 12–29. Department of Justice Journal of Federal Law and Practice

Other papers to consider but not mentioned:

Silverman, R., & Mukherjee, S. (1987). Intimate homicide: An analysis of violent social relationships. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 5(1), 37–47.

Van Brunt, B., Murphy, A., Pescara-Kovach, L., & Crance, G. (2019). Early Identification of Grooming and Targeting in Predatory Sexual Behavior on College Campuses. Violence and Gender. Vol. 6, №1

Taylor, D., & Strutton, D. (2016). Does Facebook usage lead to conspicuous consumption? The role of envy, narcissism and self-promotion. Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing, 10(3), 231-248.

WRITTEN BYKaren Barna

Mother, Daughter, Gardener, Student, Graduate, Cook, Care-Giver, Lover of Books, Reader of Philosophy, Interested in Psychoanalysis