medieval stocks - quotes and descriptions to inspire creative writing
There was nothing cute about the medieval stocks just as there is nothing cute about threatening to embarrass a person, it has through evolutionary time been a threat that could cause death via being excluded from society, cut off from love, nurture and resources. Today the stocks are what makes people sit back and "take stock," when the register potential risks to reputation and how others utilise it for personal gain.
The medieval stocks were all about shame, of public humiliation as a form of control. For we are born to have an emotional need of community respect and acceptance, evolution built us that way for good reason.
Humiliation has always been the refuge of failing societies, and the medieval stocks were a great example of weaponising the shame-guilt complex.
Threatening to embarrass someone is such a bitter-beta move, alphas have no need of it, well adjusted betas have better manners and omegas simply don't. So anyone who tries to put me in the modern version of the medieval stocks, I see you, I see the bitter-beta.