this ain't livin': Hysterical, Oversensitive Harpies

It’s telling, of course, that while ‘hysteria’ isn’t a formal medical diagnosis any more, there are a lot of highly gendered mental health conditions that have moved in to take its place. Such conditions effectively pathologise human emotion and lived experience, but do so for only one gender; women who express emotions, who have opinions, who believe that there is something wrong with the world around them when that world oppresses people, can find themselves slapped with a variety of diagnoses which at their roots can boil down to ‘too emotional to be borne.’

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