Sex Roles (2012) 66:562–564 DOI 10.1007/s11199-011-0096-0 BOOK REVIEW Understanding Women’s Madness: Reasonable Response and Real Suffering The Madness of Women: Myth and Experience. By Jane Ussher, East Sussex, UK; New York, Routledge, 2011. 316 pp. $34.95 (paperback). ISBN: 978-0-415-33928-5 Hennie Weiss Published online: 20 November 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011 Twenty years after writing Women’s Madness: Misogyny or Ussher also engages in a topic that is often at the center Mental Illness, Ussher explores the notion of women’s of feminist critique and discussion, the implications of madness in a fascinating and brilliant manner in The positivism. Positivism is based on the scientific model of Madness of Women: Myth and Experience. Ussher begins research (Hesse-Bieber et al. 2004) and is tied to the by stating that women are not madder than men. Instead, notions of androcentrism, patriarchy, objectivity and the misdiagnosis, mistreatment and the belief that madness is measurement of variables. The notion of androcentrism is located in the female reproductive body, or as pathology based on research being conducted from a male perspective, within women, reinforces the notion of women as mad. often ignoring women’s experiences (Hesse-Bieber et al. Many women therefore accept the notion of madness, while
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