(Source: ursaminorjim, via serbrunetto)
Aversion was a live performance piece performance that took place at Conner Contemporary Art in Washington, DC in 2007.
In this performance piece the artist attached electrodes to her arm and had herself shocked, with an electric shock device, to recreate the severe effects of electric shock aversion therapy that was once commonly used to “cure” homosexuality.
Patients were subjected to repeated sessions during which they were shown a series of erotic images. Where as opposite-sex images elicited no negative stimulation, shock was administered in conjunction with same-sex images. The performance lasted thirty minutes, which was the length of an actual shock therapy session.
The artist wanted to not only call attention to a practice that many did not even know existed. The piece also points to continued social pressures towards conformity, which perpetuates the advocacy of reorientation therapy for homosexuals by extremist organizations today.
Thorazine advert, 1955
Lobotomy, as a cure for the queer ailment
Dr. Walter Freeman ‘operating’ at Western State Hospital, 1949.
[Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle]
…the operation was extreme enough to be used only as a possible cure for the most intransigent of mental patients, such as those who were prone to violence or who had been through every other form of treatment psychiatrists had to offer. Eventually, it began to be considered as a way to cure nonviolent mental patients, including those whose symptom stemmed from problems with sexual adjustment.
[‘operating’, my emphasis…]
ECT, electro-convulsive therapy, a shocking cure for the gay condition
Patient, surrounded by men in white, receiving electric shock treatment.
Photo: Herbert Gehr. Worchester, MA, US. August 1949.
bullshit ‘science’ that is seeing a ‘comeback’ as legitimate practice/science…