Talk:Wilhelm Reich

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Ridiculous imagery[edit]

Kalki: why do you insist on keeping the silly pictures in this article? They have nothing to do with the quotes you have under them, and are not linked specifically to Wilhelm Reich. I looked at other wikiquote pages, like Mark Twain, for example, and there's no flowery images or geese with necks sort of shaped like hearts on there, so, why are you doing this with Reich's page? Not NPOV, not encyclopedic. 23:03, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

This is not an encyclopedia, it is a compendium of quotes, and unlike an encyclopedia, where many points of view can easily be minimized or disguised by bland language and tones, any compendium of quotes worth a damn involves a more honest and straightforward selecting of various points of view to present, about people with points of view worth noting; and in keeping with this, images to accompany the things they spoke about and cared about, to prompt greater thought and awareness than a casual glance at a page of text might provide is entirely appropriate. The page for the great Mark Twain has thus far been largely neglected in this regard, and needs much other work besides, but many other major figures have not, and images have been used here on many pages, including this one for many years. I am aware that many people might not be aware of many of the reasons why some of the images are especially appropriate, but I do believe that to stimulate interest and curiosity is far better than insisting on the visual dullness and blandness of blank text. ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 00:41, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

Why is there a picture of a Hitler parade with a description of sexual energy being constricted? Family values, the elevation of women as motherly godesses, abortions (Reich's partner had an abortion in Berlin in 1937) and brothels were all legealized in Germany under Hitler. Sex was very openly tolerated. —This unsigned comment is by (talkcontribs) .

The channelling of sexual energies to reproductive purposes among "Aryans" for the "glory" of "Fatherland" was indeed to a great extent promoted, and nearly any other form of erotic passion vilified and suppressed. The information available on the info page for that image states: "Students organized by the Nazi party parade in front of the building of the Institute for Sexual Research in Berlin prior to pillaging it on May 6, 1933. They confiscated its books, photos and periodicals for burning." Another matter I expect some might be puzzled by, even many familiar with his works, are uses of images of Hermes or Mercury. This figure was more prominent in his relatively private musings and activities and personal symbolism, and he himself created a small and crude hermetic sculpture he called "The Messenger" which the last time I went there, was still in his small personal library at Organon, which is now The Wilhelm Reich Museum. ~ Kalki·· 20:51, 2 November 2014 (UTC)


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