Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The STD clinic is the contemporary manifestation of the Catholic confessional. Health advisers are the new priests. Virtue, honesty, confession - what you did, with whom, when and how - are rewarded with salvation (life, or an extended lease on it). Vice - not just the commission of it, but the failure to take responsibility for it - brings down the hellfire of STIs (all of which, incidentally, sound like Biblical cities). The discourse of medicine has replaced the discourse of religion. Of course Foucault told us this long ago. I'm off to say my hail Marys.
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