Women

07.28.13

Lady Reads

From feminine madness to pain during sex: this week’s top stories from the women’s sites.

Women Who Are Judged Mentally Ill Might Just Be Mad (Women’s eNews)

In an excerpt from their book The Stressed Sex: Uncovering the Truth About Men, Women, and Mental Health, Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman explore the history of diagnosing women with mental illness. From a rhetorical perspective, the feminine has long been associated with the chaotic and irrational, and the masculine with order and stability. Women are more likely than men to be treated for psychiatric disorders—often unfairly, according to the authors. “Unhappiness,” they write, “is more accurately interpreted as a ‘reasonable response’ to ‘restricted and repressive’ lives than as a sign of illness.”

Meet Jimmy Fallon’s Adorable Daughter (Betty Confidential)

Hyped up on babies after all that British pomp and circumstance? Get your fix with Winnie Rose, Jimmy Fallon’s new baby girl, who clocked in a few pounds lighter than little George. As he said on his late-night show this week, “I’m your host, Da Da.” And: “Yes, William and Kate, we’ll definitely set up a play date.”

Ouch! Why Sex Can Be Painful & What You Can Do About It (Her Campus)

Her Campus has a guide to the various kinds of pain you might experience during or after sex. Mild discomfort for less than a day is one thing—radiating pain or persistent itchiness is quite another. Don’t freak out: pain doesn’t mean you have an STI. But it might mean you need to make some simple fixes to your routine, like wearing looser clothing or switching from pads to tampons. Of course, serious or persistent pain should always be diagnosed and treated by your gynecologist.

You Are No Longer a Father to Me (The Hairpin)

A moving personal narrative explores the complexities of the writer’s feelings toward her father. At age 16, with a sense that something is not right in her dad’s head, she explores his computer only to find pornographic images of young girls and stories about fathers raping daughters. Disgusted, she ceases to have any real relationship with him (but tells no one). It’s only years later as an adult that she begins to make steps toward forgiveness—but first she tells her sister, a new mom to a daughter.