Women and Madness
Chicago Review Press, 4 set 2018 - 432 pagine
Feminist icon Phyllis Chesler's pioneering work, Women and Madness, remains startlingly relevant today, nearly fifty years since its first publication in 1972. With over 2.5 million copies sold, this landmark book is unanimously regarded as the definitive work on the subject of women's psychology. Now back in print, this completely revised and updated edition adds perspectives on eating disorders, postpartum depression, biological psychology, important feminist political findings, female genital mutilation, and more.
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It was painful in a way she had never known pain, an affliction of shameful grief, to walk here today, among her own kind, looking at them as they were, seeing them, us, the human race, as visitors, from a space ship might see them.
... to diagnostically pathologize what might be a totally normal human response to trauma. For example, we were taught to view the normal female (and human) response to sexual violence, including incest, as a psychiatric illness.
Such goddess images are our collective human role models; we repress them at our own peril. Both women and men are strengthened by examples of women who embody all the human (not merely the feminine or biologically maternal) ...
And so I began to document how patriarchal culture and consciousness had shaped human psychology for thousands of years. I was charting the psychology of women who, as a caste, did not control the means of production or reproduction and ...
Packard also noted that: “It is a crime against human progress to allow Reformers to be treated as Monomaniacs ... if the Pioneers of truth are thus liable to lose their personal liberty ... who will dare to be true to the inspirations ...
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The author explores perception of women and gender roles, making a case that "madness" can be a normal response to intolerable pressures and exploitations experienced by women. Issues in the myth of ... Leggi recensione completa
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Still strident after all these years, prominent feminist author and activist Chesler (The Death of Feminism ) here updates her classic on female psychology. A new introduction is followed by a ... Leggi recensione completa