By Gabriele Griffin
Feminist activism is usually taught as an old phenomenon, and plenty of scholars coming into classes on women's reports aren't accustomed to present feminist paintings within the box. This e-book records a wide selection of alternative varieties of feminist activism within the Nineteen Nineties, from enterprises similar to "Rights for girls" and "Southall Black Sisters" to "Asian Women's paintings in Refuges". It increases questions about the that means of feminist activism and its interpretation inside women's experiences and different educational disciplines. The chapters recommend, opposed to a lot present illustration inside of women's reviews and in different places, that feminism continues to be alive.; With a finished creation supplying an historic evaluate of the advance of feminist activism from moment wave feminism onwards, this article is meant to be of use as a source for all scholars of women's experiences and comparable classes.
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The strategies for dealing with emotional pain in western society are largely chemical, what Doyal calls the ‘drugs of solace’: tobacco, alcohol, street drugs and prescribed psychotropic drugs. Access to these drugs is controlled by material and social factors—to get drunk on a regular basis requires considerable expenditure and the ability to purchase alcohol from public outlets, while tranquilliser use may be more ‘respectable’ for women, and is cheaper. Small wonder that, while men’s major drug ab/use problems coalesce around alcohol, women are more likely to resort to prescription drugs or to abuse food (Doyal, 1995).
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Although I am an academic and a radical feminist, with a theoretical and political perspective on women’s ‘mental health’, I am not a detached commentator. I have twice been diagnosed as ‘clinically depressed’; have taken prescribed psychotropic drugs; and have had to resist (medical) pressure to enter a psychiatric unit. For six painful years, I was the lover of a woman who had a history of (unwilling) psychiatric incarceration, who self-injured and struggled unsuccessfully with alcoholism and eating disorders, and some of my close women friends self-injure or have attempted suicide (one successfully).