Madness and The Targeted Individual: Truth or Controversy

Interesting, as history would have it, women and madness went hand and hand. Women, like children, were treated as “inferior”. In the Victorian era, it was common to see wives incarcerated in psychiatric wards for not complying with their husband’s wishes. In the early 1990s, more women than men were represented in greater numbers as involved in “careers” as psychiatric patients. Shoshana Felman, in her book “What Does A Woman Want?: Reading and Sexual Difference”, discuss the notion of a “female psychology” conditioned by an oppressive and patriarchal male culture. Phyllis Chester, in her book “Women and Madness”, also writes, “It is clear that for a woman to be healthy she must “adjust” to and accept the behavioral norms for her sex even though these kinds of behavior are generally regarded as less socially desirable … The ethic of mental health is masculine in our culture.”

Women are conditioned by family and social upbringing and subsequent development to exist for serving an image, an authority that is central and is man. This is why both targeted individuals and trans gender populations are scrutinized with a vengeance. It is because both step outside the mainstream socially acceptable stereotype of their otherwise “deranged predicament”. But this stepping neither makes them “mad” nor “insane” as their voice in language and a philosophical discourse must be allowed to be heard. It is called feminism.

Here is the thing about targeted individuals, oppressed trans gender people, the “mentally ill” and young children. “Depressed and terrified women are not about to seize the means of production and reproduction: quite the opposite of rebellion, madness is the impasse confronting those whom cultural conditioning has deprived them the very means of protest or self-affirmation.” That is to say, they are denied their right to feminine resistance by a larger power that seeks to control and dominate them. For the targeted individual, this power takes the form of electromagnetic frequency assaults and torture. As a lesser tradition of specialized torture, extremely low levels of electromagnetic frequency are utilized or some other form of energy that resides on the electromagnetic spectrum. Some have called it the Moscow signal, others Havana syndrome. And the individuals, for suffering these “imaginary assaults,” they are deemed “mentally ill” or “mad”. They are told that what is happening to them is “imaginary”.

The Psychic Life of Power

“According to the formulation of subjection as both the subject and becoming of the subject, power is, as subordination, a set of conditions that precedes the subject, effecting and subordinating the subject from the outside,” writes Judith Butler in her book “The Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection.” That is to say, those who find themselves as targeted individuals must possess a specific set of conditions that precedes the onset of targeting. Similar to the five (5) vulnerabilities of cyber security, there seems to be an inherited set of conditions, pre-existing. What they are, I have not teased out fully, even in my own life but I will say a label of “non-valuable” status is one such element of vulnerability for the targeted individual. That is to say, you have been deemed “a life NOT WORTH living.” I suppose the second element is an “abusive power over” and this “abusive power” not only acts on the subject but, in transitive sense, enacts the subject into being or becoming, even if that becoming is a deadening of their very life, itself a commodity to be purchased and discarded. Power is the effect on the subject. The question then becomes, “When did this power first present itself?” Because a condition does not enable or enact without first becoming present.

Contrary to what this philosophical line of thought would follow, I did not will this abusive torture on myself, this defies Freud’s Pleasure Principle and man’s desire to elude pain and suffering. It is the product of a very masculine discourse known as victim blaming. It is that driving force of the Id to relieve itself of discomfort which includes hunger, thirst, and defecation. So any action that prevents the onset of continued pain, including taking a rest from rigorous work as seen in sleeping and resting.



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Karen Barna

Karen Barna


I am a Targeted Individual suffering electronic harassment. I write about gender difference and object relations and feminism. I am Gen. X