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Psychiatrist’s “Moody Bitches” book: Hey, guess what, women really are moody bitches!

March 10, 2015

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Sorry, feminists, it’s our nature to burst into tears a lot and blow up once a month

Holland’s argument is that women’s widely noticed “moodiness”–their up-and-down emotions ranging from crankiness to insomnia to depression to PMS to “anxiety disorder” (essentially excessive worrying) to the impetuses behind such phenomena as eating disorders and wildly fluctuating weight gains and losses–are a feature, not a bug, of the female psyche.

She writes: “[B]eing sensitive, caring deeply, and occasionally being acutely dissatisfied” is actually a biological source of power for women, who ought to be channeling their protest against a society that expects them to excel at careers while shouldering the burden of primary responsibility for household maintenance and childcare. Instead of fighting back against their bosses, husbands, and other oppressors, Holland writes, women simply down the “happy pills” urged onto them by Big Pharma–anti-depressents, Xanax-clones, or whatever they can talk their doctors into prescribing for them. ““We decided that what was needed was calm confrontation, not more medication,” Holland writes about the counsel she gave one of her patients.

Now, the statistics that Holland cites ought to tell you something: One in four women in America now takes some form of psychiatric medication, compared with one in seven men. Furthermore, women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorder as men.

What does this mean? That women really are less emotionally stable then men? That women run to doctors more frequently? Well, we all know that–so maybe it means that women are more conformist, more docile when it comes to taking orders from authority figures.

And it’s these latter implications–that women might actually be fundamentally different from men in many biological and psychological ways because their brains are wired differently–that has feminists aghast. In a review of the book for the Washington Post, Brigid Schulte accuses Holland of slanting her argument toward “gender essentialism: the notion that women are biologically set up to feel emotion and that men are just lunks.”

Well, we can’t have that–because it’s a basic tenet of feminism that the sexes are exactly identical, except that men are conditioned to be “better at masking” their emotions, as Schulte writes.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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One Comment
  1. btnmft permalink

    Generally, following a doctor’s treatment recommendations is considered a good thing. But Ms. Allen can’t resist the opportunity to disparage women (her apparent mission in life) by framing it as a negative: “women are more conformist, more docile when it comes to taking orders from authority figures.”

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