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One of the most unsettling things about living in the San Francisco bay area is the proximity to death row. California has inmates condemned to die by lethal injection or gas, and the killings take place at San Quentin jail, just a short ferry ride from the city. It is hard to reconcile the area's enlightened politics—on race, sex, and sexuality—with its inhumane treatment of prisoners.
A wooden horseSpanish donkey or cavaletto squarciapalleis a torture deviceof which there exist two variations; both inflict pain by using the subject's own weight by keeping the legs open, tied with ropes from above, while lowering down the subject. The first variation of the wooden horse is a triangular device with one end of the triangle pointing upward, mounted on a saw-horse like support. The victim is made to straddle the triangular "horse.
Throughout history, the ways women have been tortured at the hands of the men who tried to control them will send a shiver down your spine. Women have been tortured to repress their sexuality, silence their tongues, and conform to standards of beauty. Most of all, women have been tortured to break their spirit and to keep them submissive to the men who feared what a liberated woman might mean for their fragile worldviews. The majority of the methods and devices men created for the purpose of this cruelty were intended to humiliate the female victim.
The Scold's Bridle was an iron cage for a woman's face, used to punish "scolds" — women who nagged, gossiped, talked back, or just talked too much. The bridle would be locked on to your head, and a protruding piece of metal covered in spikes would be forced inside your mouth. Every time you moved your tongue, the spikes would lacerate it.
Naturally, there's nothing beautiful or clever about sexual torture. Such acts call out to our most brutal nature and require little or nothing in the way of advanced tool use. It's a torture method as old as rape itself.
A German researcher has studied medieval criminal law and found that our image of the sadistic treatment of criminals in the Dark Ages is only partly true. Torture and gruesome executions were designed in part to ensure the salvation of the convicted person's soul. By Frank Thadeusz.
Was the cradle of civilization also the birthplace of atrocity? Historians have been researching the most extreme forms of torture in the ancient world. Among other things, they have found that, back then, "sitting in the tub" was actually a pretty nasty way to kick the bucket. By Matthias Schulz.
May 12, at pm Around the WorldFunny. The shoes were often used in conjunction with the standing pillory a device that holds your head and wrists in place while you stand. How long do you think you could stand on your tippy-toes before you had to rest your heels on those iron spikes?
Torture, punishment and ordeal. He must not be too quick to subject a witch to examination, but must pay attention to certain signs which will follow. And he must not be too quick for this reason: unless God, through a holy Angel, compels the devil to withold his help from the witch, she will be so insensible to the pains of torture that she will sooner be torn limb from limb than confess any of the truth.