In the garden of Herbal Evil

The wounded man plants the bitter root of

Man planting Tormentil

Tormentil loves shadow places

title: inclining men's minds to passion

Suzanna and the Elders
Susanna of the Elders threatened with sexual blackmails by her accusers.

Tormentil rather lieth down upon the ground

Tormentil germinates the Myth thatTitle: women are sexually voracious
Neolithic figurine-birthing posture

Neolithic figurine in birthing position

"All witchcraft comes from carnal lust which in women is unsatiable" Malleus Maleficarum

Tormentil is used against the pestilence of lust

Title: Mutilation Response to Myth
Chastity belt

A barbaric custom became an erotic object for men

knight locking chastity belt

Tormentil is used to resist putrification

Title: Affected Function
Sexual Intercourse

Impeded or enforced but taken away from her

women wearing Chastity belts

Rape and sexual violence became a punishment for women's sexuality, her sexual freedom, her promiscuity.

Tormentil stops spitting and pissing blood

Murder of Sarah Jewett, prostitute
In 1836 the body of Sarah Jewett, a prostitute, was discovered dead. She had been struck on the head by a hatchet. It was a murder that gripped New York City because of sex, money power, position and class. In spite of strong circumstantial evidence: his cloak in the brothel and the hatchet in his back yard, the jury freed Richard P. Robinson after 10 minutes of deliberation.

Title: Current Mutilation
Murder stalks San Francisco Prostitutes

Prostitute lies in coma after beating

Kimberly Bragg lies in a coma, watched over by her parents. She was beaten and left for dead.

Powder from dried tormentil roots purges venom from the heart.

harassment & pornography
judge and ex-employee holding zucchini

Mary Powers accused Judge James L. Stevens of sexual harassment saying he handed her an "over-ripe" penis-shaped zucchini and fired her without cause.

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