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Women and Madness by Phyllis Chesler
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May 17, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, i-blame-the-patriarchy, headshrinking, sociology, female-pen

Good, good stuff, and still very relevant despite its publication date of 1972. Chesler posits the theory that women are declared insane and embark on "psychiatric careers," either as lifelong therapy patients or as asylum patients, when their behavior becomes inconvenient for the men around them. Women are most often branded insane for two reasons: rejecting the female role (refusing to marry and breed, focusing on careers, choosing active independence rather than passive dependence) and accepting the female role (marrying, having children, choosing passive dependence and exhibiting "traditional" female characteristics, all of which mirror deep depression).

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