Unbearable Wives And The Split Mind

Even knowing a little how the term “schizophrenia” has mutated in my lifetime, I was startled to read what it was supposed to mean when first coined, by someone called Eugen Bleuler. Among other things, it was intended to describe the wife, quote, who is unbearable, constantly scolding, nagging, always making demands but never recognizing duties, unquote. One need not be a radical feminist to wonder whether this was paralleled by a medicalised description of the unbearable husband, and to suspect darkly that this may not have been the case. One might also wonder why on earth the Greek for “split mind” should be attached to the figure of the unbearable wife. On the other hand, at least it was possible in Euler’s day actually to allude to the fact that some wives are unbearable, constantly scolding, nagging, always making demands but never recognizing concomitant duties, just as some husbands were unbearable for their own, sometimes different, reasons. Now the only permissible description of such an individual is “a strong woman”.

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 10:33 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: TOWARDS AN INTELLIGENT MISOGYNY, The Unimpeachable Judges

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