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I think I can speak for many people when I say reading the Time article "It’s Time to End ‘Rape Culture’ Hysteria" by Caroline Kitchens felt like a punch of fire to the stomach. Reducing a traumatic and life-altering crime like rape to “hysterics” is harmful and dangerous on so many levels, not to mention it is just plain insulting. Hysteria. Hmmm, where have we heard that term before? The term “hysteria” ... Read More
Taking an actual case as source material, director Alice Winocour's Augustine tells the story of neurologist Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot and the young woman who came to be his most famous patient. The film casts back to 19th century France, before Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis had taken the world of neurology by storm, and it was still very much in vogue to couch women’s mental illness in terms of “hysteria”.  After an uneducated ... Read More
Leave it to The Gray Lady to publish a story about a very current case involving New York cheerleaders that uses archaic, offensive, and misogynistic language.  The cheerleaders' woes began some three months ago when a group of girls from a high school outside Buffalo, NY, began to exhibit uncontrollable tics. Last week it was widely reported that the cause was "conversion disorder." The Today Show also flashed around the words "mass hysteria," but the doctor ... Read More
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