In the New York Times, Julie Holland grapples with a sense that women may be biologically more prone to experience the world more emotionally, while she resists the pathologizing of that in biomedical terms.
“Women’s emotionality is a sign of health, not disease; it is a source of power,” writes Holland. “But we are under constant pressure to restrain our emotional lives. We have been taught to apologize for our tears, to suppress our anger and to fear being called hysterical. The pharmaceutical industry plays on that fear, targeting women in a barrage of advertising on daytime talk shows and in magazines.”
Medicating Women’s Feelings (New York Times, February 28, 2015)