From Pasolini’s Salò to Boko Haram: On the Pedophilic Mentality in Social Perversity

Cosimo Schinaia


In his 1975 movie Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, Pier Paolo Pasolini seems to refer to the corruption of
those who once had been the meta-social guarantors and of their meta-psychical reference points (René Kaës [2005]
called these reference points “metapsychic guarantors”). This corruption can be found in the shift from authority to
authoritarianism and from the object of desire to the perversion objectless. In Boko Haram mentality we have a similar
process: the little girls raped soon become slave wives and the little boys are quickly transformed from sexual objects to
violent automata (I mean, child soldiers).



Pier Paolo Pasolini, Social perversity, Boko Haram.

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