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Freak Shows

An illustrated poster depicting a black woman with exaggerated body parts, wearing a yellow bandana, carrying a stick in her left hand, and facing sideways. She is wearing a patterned half-robe and smoking. On her hip rests Cupid, toying with their bow, and a speech bubble saying 'Take care of your Hearte' in cursive. They are on a green path of grass.

Freak Shows: Looking at Human Bodies on Exhibit

No two human bodies are alike, and our different bodies arouse curiosity. But our fascination for the aesthetics of the perfect human body has historically created a space within art, science and religion for the examination of the ‘abnormal’ and the ‘imperfect’.  As a result, some bodies are normalised while others become oddities. Freak Shows, and to a large extent, circuses and even exhibits in medical or anthropological museums particularly stand out for dehumanising and objectifying these different anatomies, and oftentimes subjecting these bodies to violence and discrimination.

अजब तमाशा (फ्रीक शो) – प्रदर्शनी के लिए सजे मानव शरीरों की पड़ताल

और एक बार फिर यहाँ कार्निवाल को सफलता मिलती है। सबसे पहले ही एपिसोड में, 'सामान्य' नायक बेन, जो टेंट लगा कर अपनी मज़दूरी कमाते हैं, पहली बार छिपकली मानव गेको से टकराते हैं। गेको को त्वचा रोग है जिसके कारण पूरे शरीर में उनकी त्वचा पर मोटी, हीरे के आकार की, फीकी पपड़ी सी बन जाती है। इसके अलावा, उनकी कड़े बालों की पूँछ है।
Illustration of a woman with larger blodily proportions and short hair carrying a shorter person on her back

Freak Shows: Looking at Human Bodies on Exhibit

No two human bodies are alike, and our different bodies arouse curiosity. But our fascination for the aesthetics of the perfect human body has historically created a space within art, science and religion for the examination of the 'abnormal' and the 'imperfect'. As a result, some bodies are normalised while others become oddities.
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