Friday, September 14, 2018

Mae West: Medical Power

Many great minds have contemplated MAE WEST — — but great minds don’t think alike. Academic and author Chase Dimock has written an interesting article on Mae as a playwright. This is Part 10.
• • Why Don’t You Come Up Sometime and Queer Me? • •
• • Reclaiming Mae West as Author and Sexual Philosopher • •
• • Mae West’s medical and legal discourse • •
To begin to delve into Mae West’s medical and legal discourse, I start with Michel Foucault’s concept of a “juridico-medical complex.”
• • Chase Dimock wrote:  In an interview, Foucault once stated “Medical power is at the heart of the society of normalization.
• • Chase Dimock wrote:  Its effects can be seen everywhere: in the family, in schools, in factories, in courts of law, on the subject of sexuality, education, work, crime. Medicine has taken on a general social function: it infiltrates law, it plugs into it, it makes it work. A sort of juridico-medical complex is presently being constituted, which is the major form of power.”
For Foucault, this juridico-medical complex is a form of bio-power, a power that state and capitalist institutions exercise through the human body to create subjects that are compliant to and efficient in carrying out its interests.
• • Foucault claimed the homosexual was invented in 1870 • •  . . .
• • His article will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: As It Ought to Be
• • Chase Dimock, who teaches Literature and Composition at College of the Canyons, is Managing Editor of As It Ought to Be.
• • On Friday, 14 September 1945 • •
• • Will Hays formally resigned as president of the MPPDA on Friday, 14 September 1945.
• • Mae West, in particular, found her pictures red-pencilled to bits and her witty lines either eliminated or denatured, thanks to the Hitler of Hollywood, motion picture censor Will Hays.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Even as an officer of the law, Lloyd Nolan was unable to "go straight," and in "Every Day's a Holiday" he played the crooked police inspector who fought Mae West tooth and nail.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Look beautiful at the breakfast table."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Syndicated columnist Dorothy Kilgallen mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West has a doctor back- stage at all performances of "Diamond Lil." Not that there's anything wrong with she just feels better when there's a stethoscope handy.  …
• • Source: Item in “The Voice of Broadway” (syndicated);  published on Tuesday, 1 March 1949
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
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• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 14th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fourteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,000 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fourteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4043rd blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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