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The sex-violence-state nexus

11 August 2009 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in art, mind control, police | 5 Comments »
Telescoping batons in action! - The sex-violence-state nexus, illustrated

Telescoping batons in action! - The sex-violence-state nexus, illustrated

At right you see the cover of Naše Vojsko — Vojesnký a policejní magazín (“Our Military — The Military and Police Manazine”), a Czech publication. This is issue 3/2009, and the magazine is in its fifth year of production.

I picked up this issue at Svět Knihy Praha 2009, the annual Prague book fair, earlier this year. The cover photo really caught my eye.

The article which goes with the photo is entitled “Teleskopy v akci” (“Telescoping batons in action”). It features a series of photographs in which men dressed in clown suits military and police uniforms can be seen using these telescoping police batons to:

  • Immobilize a man in a pain hold which threatens to break his elbow
  • Subdue a prone man
  • Project an image of power
  • Conduct close combat with an unruly crowd
  • Smash a train window
  • Smash the window of a van
  • Threaten the resident of an apartment during a raid
  • Inspect the underside of a vehicle with a mirror extension

There is also another photo accompanying the article, with the telescoping baton filling the role of striptease club dance pole, complete with a beautiful young lingerie-clad pole dancer.

Rather than project my own thoughts here, I’d like to invite you, gentle reader, to share yours. Your comments on the image are most welcome, but if you really want to have an impact, click through on the picture for the full-resolution version, and make your own blog post, Facebook note or whatever with it, alongside your own commentary.

  1. 5 Responses to “The sex-violence-state nexus”

  2. By Alyssa on 11 August 2009

    Coercion takes away responsibility from the victim. It can feel good to have no responsibility.

  3. By Blyfycyfyfyf on 12 August 2009

    ACAB!

  4. By b-psycho on 13 August 2009

    Up against THAT, well…let’s just say “fuck tha police” would take on a different meaning.

  5. By macFhiodhbhuidhe on 16 August 2009

    Sort of reminds me of the line used by an “unnamed” Colt Firearms Official when the M-16 was choosen to replace the M-14. He said something along the lines of “the M-16 is sexier than it’s competition”.

  6. By macFhiodhbhuidhe on 16 August 2009

    Sort of reminds me of the line used by an “unnamed” Colt Firearms Official when the M-16 was chosen to replace the M-14. He said something along the lines of “the M-16 is sexier than it’s competition”.


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