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Mad, Bad and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors Exhibition

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What do Women Want?
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'Suffolk Bunny' by Sarah Lucas

It is fair to say that the 'fairer sex' has never been held in equal terms to their male counterparts, neither in physical or mental ability. But while it is true that we have less physical prowess, women have just as much intelligence as men. So what is the cause of these unfounded claims?

In an exhibition at the Freud Museum, the answers are revealed through art, documentation, and other forms of 'evidence' that psychiatrists have used to spread rumour and doubt about the mental state of women.

In Mad, Bad and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors , explore the question Sigmund Freud posed to Princess Marie Bonaparte: What do women want? Highlights include work by Alice Anderson, Louise Bourgeois, Helen Chadwick, Tracey Emin, Anna Furse, Susan Hiller, Sarah Lucas, and Francis Upritchard. There will also be records that expose the relationship between female patients and the doctors who 'treated' them. Find out why twentieth century doctors thought women were an unstable, emotional species, and how so many came to be diagnosed as melancholic, hysterical, obsessive, and self-harming.

Entry to the museum is 6 for adults, 4.50 seniors, and 3 for children. The exhibit will run until the 2nd February, so come and uncover the logic behind the doctors' illogical accusations.
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When: Until 2nd Feb
Phone: 44 (0)20 7435 2002
Where: Freud Museum
Cost: 6 adult, 4.50 seniors, 3 child
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"many came to be diagnosed as melancholic, hysterical, obsessive" haha I wish this exhibit had come to Oz
by Gerii Caulfield (score: 2|391) 2879 days ago
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