Too Far From Normal?

discipline-and-punishMaybe it’s a sign that one has a rather serious fetish when, in the midst of discussing one’s research project and ones academic future with ones department graduate adviser, one is distracted almost mid sentence by reading the title of Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish off of the professor’s office bookcase.  This despite having read the book many times, both for courses and research.  And knowing that the book is almost always on any English academic’s bookshelves, including ones own.

Not that I’m saying this happened to me last week or anything, mind.

(But yes, I have read the book many times.  For some reason my copy almost always falls open on the sketches of the spanking machine.)

4 thoughts on “Too Far From Normal?

  1. Dyke Grrl

    I have friends from college who used to read that book to each other in bed, as, um a romantic thing. Way not up my alley, kink-wise.
    It’s been five or six years since I last read it (gosh! that long?! But, yeah, it’s been a while.) Terri–if you like books that are really dense and difficult to pick apart, written by an inscrutable French philosopher, you might enjoy this. Despite the occasional fetishistic tidbits, I can’t say I’d recommend it for pleasure reading.
    On the other hand, I believe there was a field trip in one of my college classes to see the Eastern State Prison in Philadelphia (I believe it’s the actual one Foucault described while talking about the panopticon). Amazing how little sticks with you, twelve years after taking a college course.

  2. Terri

    I really wish I could find something/someplace to learn more about who I am ‘now’. It’s hard to find any good literature on being submission that’s written for the submissive. 🙁

  3. Mija

    I really like reading Foucault and this is definitely one of his best works. But I wouldn’t recommend it as good fetish writing, although there are some great bits which I may copy out here sometime.
    In terms of studies of submission? You know it’s a really good point — I’m not quite sure. I did really enjoy a friend’s recent novel _Over the Knee_ (author is Fiona Locke and there’s a link in the sidebar). But that’s more about adventures in the spanking fetish.
    Every time I’ve read _The Story of O_ I’ve found something new and lovely. But I guess the best musings about submission are coming from the ‘net itself just now.
    It’s something to think about. Hmm…


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