(Content Note: Ableist slurs)
Hysterical, overemotional, crazy – if you’re a woman, there’s a good chance you’ve had to deal with these stereotypes.
So how did this stereotype come about – and what’s the impact of portraying femininity and mental illness as going hand-in-hand?
Here’s a video from Marina Watanabe to fill you in on the details of what this means for women, people with mental illnesses, and everyone influenced by ideas of gendered behavior. This is great info to have on hand the next time someone says, “Women are crazy.”
The Editors at Everyday Feminism
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To learn more about this topic, check out:
- Mental Illness and Sexism: What Calling Women ‘Crazy’ Actually Does
- Common Stereotypes of Mentally Ill People That You Probably Believe (And Why You Shouldn’t)
Marina Watanabe is a Contributing Vlogger for Everyday Feminism and a vlogger, blogger, overenthusiastic tweeter, college student, and creator of embarrassing literary tees. Check out her Tumblr, or follow her on Twitter @marinashutup!
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