Stockholm Syndrome

2010

Stockholm Syndrome is a human defense mechanism in response to life-threatening situations.

Medical dictionaries define Stockholm Syndrome as an extraordinary phenomenon in which a hostage begins to identify with and grow sympathetic to their captor, essentially mistaking a lack of abuse as an act of kindness.

In my opinion, the fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast is a romanticized hostage situation, where the Beast is a narcissistic sociopath, while Beauty is his vulnerable hostage. In captivity, she looses touch with reality, only to fall in love with her captor in order to survive a deeply traumatizing ordeal.

Moreover, the very act of romanticizing the fundamentally disturbing theme of female abduction, subjugation, and unlawful imprisonment to teach little girls compassion towards monsters seems to be a manifestation of a Stockholm Syndrome in and of itself. Perhaps tales such as this help women survive a world of systematic abuse and violence against their gender.

 

Materials and Construction:

Cast sterling silver horned helmet, detachable French lace veil accented with Swarowsky and cubic zirconium, cast sterling silver stilettos, grey Moonstone cabochon pendant, floral motif engraving on arms and abdomen inspired by William Morris print. Porcelain, ball-jointed, magnetic mohair wig, leather lining, steel spring articulation. 13.5” (34.5cm) tall.

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