What Calling Women ‘Crazy’ Really Says About Femininity and Mental Illness

(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.”

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The Editors at Everyday Feminism


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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!