Mysterious blamer La Hedonista sends in this link (scroll down 1/3 of the way to the July 8, 2005 post entitled “Cultures of Domination”; here’s the permalink, but I can’t seem to get it to load the pictures). It’s a riveting and hideous compendium of popular images of Patriarchy Through the Ages, described by the unknown blog author as a “continuum, […] a multi-threaded mix of custom and practice, close at hand, in us and around us, that makes the bullying, victimhood and damage of domination seem natural and inevitable.”
UPDATE: The above-referenced blog has been dormant since 2005, and the images, of which there are a gazillion, are very slow to load. So you’ll probably never see them. Which is a bummer, because, although they are mostly pictures of stuff you see every day — like when you traipse on by the warrior-beating-down-the-enemy statuary at the Royal Palace in Prague, or buy a pair of “Hulk Hands” (giant electronic green plastic fist-gloves) for your kid, or watch an ad for a video game (any video game), or see “Lord of the Rings,” or watch the news, or pick up a bag of “Severed Fingers” chocolates at Marks & Spencer — viewing them one after the other, with the author’s disgusted commentary, grippingly illustrates the saturation depth that that winning combination, the normalization of violence/the paradigm of dominance, has achieved.
One picture is merely a photo of the name plate on a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The caption reads “Appropriate ‘Cherokee Nations’ as an icon, delete the pain and suffering that the genocidal destruction of their culture entailed and use it to promote your SUV. What’s next? The ‘Auschwitz Special Edition’ from Mercedes?”
A propos of the imagery of patriarchy: just this morning, while walking the dog, I passed by a flyer that had been tacked to a telephone pole. It was printed on bright yellow paper, was enclosed in plastic, and read: “Beware! A prowler has been seen in backyards in the early morning hours. Lock your windows and doors.” That flyer was tacked up all over the neighborhood. Beware! Condition yellow! Fear predation! Lock yourselves up! Psychokiller on the loose!