Phyllis Chesler Women and Madness

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Women and Madness

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Argues that sex-role stereotypes are used in determining who is mentally ill, and suggests women are punished for independent, creative, or self-assertive behavior

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Phyllis Chesler is the author of seminal works including the 2.5-million copy bestseller Women and Madness, as well as Letters to a Young Feminist and Woman's Inhumanity to Woman. Her most recent book, The New Anti-Semitism, has won her international acclaim and sparked huge debate.
She is an Emerita Professor of psychology and women's studies, the co-founder of the Association for Women in Psychology (1969), the National Women's Health Network (1974), and the International Committee for Women of the Wall (1989). She is currently on the Board of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and is also affiliated with Haifa and Bar Ilan Universities. She lives in New York City.

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It is important to note that "depressed" women are (like women in general) only verbally hostile; unlike most men, they do not express their hostility physically-either directly, to the "significant others" in their lives, or indirectly, through physical and athletic prowess. It is safer for women to become "depressed" than physically violent.

Why didn't our mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers tell us what battle it is we lost, or never fought, so that we would understand how total was our defeat, and that religion and madness and frigidity were how we mourned it?

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