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This “Map of Woman’s Heart” appeared on Brain Pickings a few years ago, but I’ve just happened across it this morning.
Its gender politics are grotesquely unreconstructed, but I have to admit it’s graphically exquisite. It also reminds me of this ridiculous interpretation of Freudian theory, which has been around forever — though its origin is a mystery to me.
The “Map of Woman’s Heart” is shocking enough that we can’t believe it exists. The Freud illustration is equally offensive, and yet it persists enough that you can buy it as a tee-shirt, a hoodie, a die-cut sticker or an iPhone case. That’s the complexion of progress, I guess.+