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Torture: The Head Crusher

The head crusher was a torture device commonly used primarily by the Spanish Inquisition. The victim’s chin was placed over a bottom bar and the head under a upper metal cap. A screw was then slowly turned, which gradually compressed the head between the bar and cap. It is said that first, the victim’s teeth were smashed and the jaw crushed. Next, the eyes would be […]

Torture: Crocodile Shears

The crocodile shears were a torture instrument usually reserved for men. These shears were made of metal, and operated very similarly to pincers. The insides of the blades/mouth were lined with smaller spikes. After being heated, the crocodile shears were applied to the victim’s penis, which was then ripped from his body. This instrument is said to have been used […]

Torture: Strappado

Because not all torture methods ended in death and dismemberment  A form of torture wherein the victim’s hands are tied behind their back with rope. The rope is then passed over a pulley and they are left to hang up by the wrists. The are two common variations of this device. In the first, the victim was […]

Homage to my Hips by Lucille Clifton

these hips are big hips. they need space to move around in. they don’t fit into little petty places. these hips are free hips. they don’t like to be held back. these hips have never been enslaved, they go where they want to go they do what they want to do. these hips are mighty […]

Borderline personality disorder (BPD)

Borderline personality disorder (BPD), also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder, is a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by unstable relationships with other people, unstable sense of self, and unstable emotions. Many diagnosed with this disorder experience an extreme fear of abandonment and a feeling of emptiness, which can result in frequent dangerous behavior and self-harm. Symptoms (such as splitting) may be […]

Splitting (Psychology)

Splitting (or thinking in terms of “black and white”, as it is commonly called) is the failure in a person’s thinking to bring together the dichotomy of both positive and negative qualities of the self and others into a cohesive, realistic whole. An individual with this type of perspective tends to think in extremes (i.e., an individual’s actions […]

Perv Paradise: Ancient Rome V

Perverted Justice When we talk today about a ‘perversion of justice’, we mean it metaphorically. It’s a way of describing how outraged we are, how unfair the trial was. In Roman times, the phrase would have been scarily literal. According to historian Vicki Leon, both the Romans and Greeks were fans of ‘unusual’ punishment. Not […]