Jean Baudrillard

from cool memories iv

The woman in a vegetative state raped at Rochester hospital (unhappy sister of the Marquise von O., romantically raped in her swoon), made pregnant and delivered—involuntarily, unconsciously, and desirelessly—of a child she will never see. A symbol of the condition of all of us, mentally raped as we have been in our hypnotic state of politically decerebrated modern citizens, and left pregnant—virtually, posthumously—with creatures we shall never know.