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Nationalism & Sexual Assault
Richard A. Koenigsberg
The methodology guiding this analysis appears in Analysis of Metaphor: Methodology for the Psychological Interpretation of Culture.
The Psychoanalysis of Racism, Revolution and Nationalism

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Political Psychology (Journal)
We begin with the hypothesis that nations are experienced as bodies. Nationalism involves the projection of one’s own body into a body politic.

The political campaign by the Republican candidate (now nominee for President) began with a fantasy of sexual assault: Mexican rapists were entering the country. America was being penetrated from down below.

“It is because territory is imagined in corporeal terms that the state seeks to secure its borders—its orifices and entry points—from infiltration and penetration” (Mark Neocleous).

America was conceived as vulnerable; an easy target. A wall had to be built. Ego-boundaries had to be strengthened. The wall would protect us from sexual assault.

Political ideas build upon bodily fantasies. The leader conveys or articulates a fantasy, which resonates.

Foreign bodies are flowing into the nation, and therefore a wall must be built to secure the vulnerable self: “You can’t be great if you don’t have a border, no matter what you do.”