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  • How the Patriarchy Uses Women’s Trauma Against Them
  • By: Dr Jessica Taylor
  • Narrated by: Dr Jessica Taylor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (91 ratings)

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By: Dr Jessica Taylor
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Summary

The Sunday Times best seller.

Angry, opinionated, mouthy, aggressive, hysterical, mad, disordered, crazy, psycho, delusional, borderline, hormonal.... Women have long been pathologized, locked up and medicated for not conforming to whichever norms or stereotypes are expected of them in that time and space. Sexy but Psycho is a challenging and uncomfortable book that seeks to explore the way professionals and society at large pathologize and sexualise women and girls. 

Utilising decades of research, real case studies and new data from her own work, Dr Taylor's book will critically analyse the way we label women with personality disorders. Why are women and girls pathologized for being angry about oppression and abuse? How have so many women been duped into believing that they are mentally ill for having normal and natural reactions to their experiences? Sexy but Psycho argues that there is a specific purpose to convincing women and girls that they are mentally ill, as the world avoids addressing violence against women and their centuries of ignored trauma.

©2022 VictimFocus and Dr Jessica Taylor (P)2022 Hachette Audio UK

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Interesting and insightful... but not perfect

As someone who was suffered from mental health issues for many years, has a degree in Psychology and teaches Psychology, it was definitely interesting to hear a different approach.
Dr Taylor makes some very worthwhile judgements regarding the pathologisation of women and girls and I believe she has an excellent viewpoint on how we can improve things moving forward.

HOWEVER the erasure of Trans people really disappointed me. She also failed to discuss other mental health issues, such as Schizophrenia, in which the patient can be so mentally unwell that they are unable to have therapy without taking medication to lessen the symptoms first.

Overall, definitely worth a read/listen but more research would need to be done regarding mental health disorders such as Schizophrenia in order to completely diminish the medical model of psychiatry.

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Transphobic nonsense

Enjoyed the first two hours. Then suddenly, boom, transphobia. I regret wasting my money on this bigot.

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Seriously disappointing

I listened to this book and found it to be interesting in places. Some of the arguments have merit but are not always well made. There are elements of it that are not suitable for an audiobook in my opinion, the author reads out seemingly endless subtitles with brief descriptions under each. This is neither informative or helpful. I can understand that there is an attempt to make the book appear scientific by using scientific definitions and then having to explain them to wider audiences, this in itself is not problematic. What is problematic is that the following contents are not robust or convincing from a scientific or academic perspective. The arguments put forward are quite reductionist and of the straw man variety, for example, medication = bad, psychological diagnosis = all and only constructed by men to control women. The author seems to ignore much of the relevant academic literature which would help her to sculpt a reasoned and robust argument instead preferring to profess that she is trail blazing the way in terms of critiquing psychiatry. The work is superficial and poorly researched generally. The author comes across as arrogant and obnoxious throughout. I have followed the author on Twitter for sometime and been interested in her work but having read this book have been thoroughly disappointed in its lack of substance. The main positive that comes from reading this book is that I am now convinced the author and her arguments are not worth considering any further. I will certainly be drawing a line under my interest in her work now.

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Psychiatry is patriarchy with a prescription pad and a pen full of ink

I don’t think I’ve cried as much as I have whilst listening this incredible book! Thank you, thank you, thank you Jess for your amazing words. Both of your books are changing so many womens lives for the better. Let’s go smash the patriarchy!! 💪🏻

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A saviour

I’m so glad I came across Jess and even more so after I read this book.
Having been diagnosed with BPD years ago, I’ve been struggling with the stigma attached to it and haven’t been able to deal with my own trauma as I tend to demonise my reactions as a fault rather than simply a reaction.
Reading this book has given me a much more positive attitude in fighting against my diagnosis and hopefully has led me down the right path to help others with this.
I would thoroughly recommend this book, particularly to women with diagnoses of BPD.
It’s powerful and educational and Jess is just a beautiful, knowledgable person.

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Everyone needs to read this

This is a profound and important book for every one. It can be quite difficult to listen to at times,.somif you've experienced trauma - take care of yourself.

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every women should read or listen to this book

very informative and thought provoking. as a trainee phycologist it makes me wonder why our profession has become to hate women in such a manner that instead of supporting women to work through their truma we label and pump them full of drugs.

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I wish I would've been shocked by this book.

Every woman I know has experienced at least one of these, being dismissed out of hand, insulted, made to feel foolish, crazy, lazy, selfish-time wasters, pill poppers. Most now do everything to avoid medical contact unless they're in absolute agony. It's no wonder so many teen girls and young women are trying to opt out of womanhood. How about reparation for women?

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A book that is essential!

Do you work with human beings in any area? You need to listen to this book. A trauma informed approach *has* to be the way forward.

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Life Changing!!!

This is probably the most amazing and thought provoking book I have ever read. Dr Jessica Taylor is truly an advocate for women and girls. She writes with passion and eloquence. I am now going to buy multiple copies to start giving to friends and colleagues to try and start making real change happen. Please, please if you are on the fence about purchasing it do buy it x

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  • Mie Oestergaard
  • 24-05-22

EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK

Provocative, honest and just blatantly needed! READ IT and pass it on to everyone else.

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  • Alisonlouise
  • 30-04-22

A book to change the world. True Feminism

Dr Taylor’s work is instrumental in true equality for women and girls in the world. We all agree that men commit violence against women and girls, but when those traumatized women and girls step outside the ‘good girl/quiet girl’ narrative she is slapped with a mental illness diagnosis which is then used again to abuse her further. Read this book. Share the book. Be loud and demanding.