TABOO. The word sounds and looks like what it means — dark, mysterious, and forbidden. Yet as many of the authors and artists in this issue show, what is considered taboo can be as ordinary as the idea of “silence” or our “imagination,” when there is a personal, familial, or social injunction against it. What is “taboo” changes from culture to culture, as well as generation to generation. What we consider taboo today may become mainstream tomorrow, including our concepts of sexuality and gender, emotional release and expression, relationship dynamics and therapeutic intervention, to the unexplained and inexplicable. As you read the pieces in Issue 18: Are You Taboo? and observe the art, we invite you to ask yourself: What is taboo for me, and why?
Stanley Siegel, Editor-in-Chief