Today in Disembodied Things

At least the misogybags (new word alert!) who produce boobie novelties and women-as-toilets don't generally try to pass their swill off as an artistic homage to women:
Mario Philippona is a sculptor, who, according to InventorSpot, "loves the female form." This is why he creates shelves, tables and bookcases out of wood — but designed to look like ladies' legs or breasts. Philippona calls his pieces "erotica with a wink." Perhaps because the women have high heels, yet no heads?

Oh, but that's not all. The artiste Philippona is a regular Ikea of disembodied home décor.

[Some images below are possible NSFW.]












That chair doesn't even begin to make any sense.

If I walked into a man's home and saw it decked out with this stuff, I would run for my everloving life—because they evoke for me nothing so much as the specter of Ed Gein, the Wisconsin serial killer and grave robber who used the bodies of women he'd killed or exhumed to make furniture, cup holders, ashtrays, and window shades, among other things.

It's not that I think Philippona's a serial killer, or intend to suggest that producing shit like this is in any way equivalent to crimes committed by men like Gein. But there's a certain inescapable darkness to this stuff, because those crimes do happen.*

Gazing at those pictures, all I can think about is how it conveys possession—the desire to possess women's bodies, to hold them in perfect, permanent servitude forever.

There's nothing remotely celebratory about the female form, nothing honoring women's independence or autonomy or even most basic personhood. It's just disembodied bits, there for the pleasure of their owner. Their possessor.

[H/T to Shaker Vivelafat. Disembodied Things: Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen, Fifteen, Sixteen, Seventeen.]

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* Right now, in Canada, an investigation is ongoing regarding six severed feet which have washed up on the east coast on Vancouver Island over the last year, and another one in Scotland regarding a woman's severed head and hands that washed up in Tayside. And I just came across those in my regular daily reading. Doubtless there are hundreds of these investigations going on 'round the world, which makes it hard to not find this "erotica with a wink" damn creepy.


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