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OctPoWriMo2019 Day 15 — Mother May I (tell them I’m a baby rhesus monkey)?

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Mother may I
tell them what they did?
Mother may I
tell them that you knew?
Mother may I
say I was for sale?
Mother may I
say you tagged me?
Mother may I
tell how many times
you slapped my face?
Mother may I
tell how many times
you ripped my hair out?
Mother may I
tell how many times
you threw me down
and pounded me with fists?
Mother may I
tell you how many times
I’ve been told,
“You have to love her,
she’s your mother.”?

From Ranker.com
You may have heard of Harry Harlow’s Monkey Love Experiment. The American psychologist is famous for his research on rhesus monkeys and the effect that maternal contact has on developmental growth. Harlow’s monkeys were critical to his research and social isolation experiments. While Harlow and his team came up with some interesting conclusions, their work had critics. Some thought his experiments were almost as inhumane as the Stanford Prison Experiment.

Harlow separated infant monkeys from their biological mothers to observe their attachment behaviors with surrogate mothers made out of metal and cloth. The monkeys were exposed to the surrogates in varying degrees. Harlow and his team also isolated the primates for different periods of time to measure their psychological development. Unsurprisingly, the longer the monkeys were separated from their surrogates or other infants, the more problems they experienced.

As a result of Harlow’s psychological findings, the researchers determined that infants bond with their mothers for more than just food and safety. There are also emotional variables that link them together. His research helped boost support for adoption in the nature vs. nurture argument, concluding that love and affection were necessities for a healthy child.

above graphic and more about this sick b*st*rd’s experiments here

Morgan Dragonwillow is the host (with today’s co-host, Esther Jones) of OctPoWriMo.  Esther says:
Today’s Prompt: Mother May I?

9 thoughts on “OctPoWriMo2019 Day 15 — Mother May I (tell them I’m a baby rhesus monkey)?

  1. Your poem is a cry to end such cruel experimentation, even if his findings pointed to the importance of love for infants of any kind. I’m reassured that critics voiced their opinions. Fascinating and horrifying. Surrogate mothers of cloth and metal!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Beth. I was also trying to show a link between how I was raised by asking the question how much cruelty can a child take from a parent and still be expected to love them? I just finished reading your poem so you know what I’m getting at.

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