An interesting pair of articles

from the Huffington Post last week.

Article 1: One in four (insured) women take mental health medicine. One question posed: “One in four women is on antidepressants, and women are using — or at least prescribed — these medications at higher rates than men. Any idea why that’s happening? ” The answer given has to do with women being more willing to seek medical attention, and the possibliity that they are more at risk for serious psychiatric disorders.

But another article from the same week could be seen as suggesting a different explanation: This article concerns gaslighting, “emotional manipulation that feeds an epidemic in our country, an epidemic that defines women as crazy, irrational, overly sensitive, unhinged. This epidemic helps fuel the idea that women need only the slightest provocation to unleash their (crazy) emotions. It’s patently false and unfair.”

Many thanks to L for the links, and for suggesting the pairing.

2 thoughts on “An interesting pair of articles

  1. It seems fair to say that the many of same behaviors are romanticized when practiced by men and medicalized when practiced by women. Men are encouraged to be aggressive, impulsive, etc., and women are expected to keep it all together. Almost every family sitcom today is based on the premise of “Dumb Dad and Smart Mom.” Dad does something impulse and dumb, and Mom is expected to just deal with it until he finally apologizes in the third act. One can understand then why Mom needs pills to get her through dealing with Dad’s crap without adding any of her own.

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