Do you know why this word exists?
Drapetomania is the fictitious disease that the Southern slave doctor Samuel A. Cartwright created to categorize the tendency for slaves to run away as a mental illness to be cured. Because white people wholeheartedly believed that enslaving us was a service to us ( saving us from our brutish, lascivious, and lazy ways) and any right minded individual could see that..The prescribed
punishment treatment for drapetomania was torture and hard labor.
Do not put this on your artsy blogs.
Do not erase the deplorable history behind it.
This is a truly heinous word. Whoever originally posted this was an ignorant fuck. And this definition is a crock of shit.
An overwhelming urge to run away.
Go fuck yourself.
Did someone seriously erase the fucking history of this word?
Wow. Fuck you dude.
I learned this word in my Abnormal Psych class where I had a BRILLIANT professor whose response to the question ‘what is considered abnormal’ was to say ‘it depends on who you ask.’ She reminded us that conditions and and ‘disorders’ evolve with our understanding of human nature, and also with who is in power and what the dominant paradigm is. Perfect example, women used to be diagnosed with ‘hysteria’ all the time, which included symptoms like “faintness, nervousness, sexual desire, insomnia, fluid retention, heaviness in the abdomen, muscle spasm, shortness of breath, irritability, loss of appetite for food or sex, and “a tendency to cause trouble” (this is basically why vibrators were invented, because doctors inducing orgasms on women diagnosed with hysteria seemed to alleviate the symptoms. This was all very clinical, mind you, because back then it was believed that women did not have sex drives.
Anyway, my prof gave us the word drapetomania on the first day of class to remind us that in the 1800s it was considered a REAL DISEASE, published in medical journals and all, in which slaves wanted to run away from their masters. Yes, being unhappy with being kept as a slave and wanting to run away was considered a mental illness. The treatment? “Cartwright prescribed “whipping the devil out of them” as a “preventative measure” Oh, and if that didn’t work “doctors also made running a physical impossibility by prescribing the removal of both big toes.”
Whoever made this original image is an idiot.