Hysteria is the combat neurosis of the sex war

08.11.2010 § Leave a comment

 

“Only after 1980, when the efforts of combat veterans had legitimated the concept of post-traumatic stress disorder, did it become clear that the psychological syndrome seen in survivors of rape, domestic battery, and incest was essentially the same as the syndrome seen in survivors of war. The implications of this insight are as horrifying in the present as they were a century ago: the subordinate condition of women is maintained and enforced by the hidden violence of men. There is a war between the sexes. Rape victims, battered women, and sexually abused children are the casualties. Hysteria is the combat neurosis of the sex war.”

Judith Herman MDTrauma and Recovery

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