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Link: On female sexual dysfunction

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I’ve spoken about female sexual dysfunction as a problematic diagnostic category in lectures: driven by pharmaceutical companies, medicalising the psychological, and reducing a complex nexus of social, psychological and biological factors to an issue in the brain chemistry of individuals. There’s a nice paper here tracing the history of the development of the concept, while also discussing the relationship between feminist critiques and psychiatry/psychoanalysis:
http://hhs.sagepub.com/content/25/4/3.full.pdf

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October 21, 2012 at 1:11 am

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Link: conversion therapy

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Nearly forty years after the APA decided homosexuality wasn’t a mental illness after all, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy finally tells its members that conversion therapy to “cure” homosexuality is unethical. What’s more shocking is that therapists – particularly those driven by religious belief – are still offering conversion therapy.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/oct/01/conversion-therapy-gay-patients-unethical

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October 11, 2012 at 12:12 am

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Link: Colonial views of the other

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I’ve talked in lectures about the social context of the 19th Century, and the way in which psychology emerged in part as a way of justifying the ongoing colonial project, particularly by developing techniques to establish the inferiority of indigenous peoples. This piece gives a little background to that colonial view, and shows its impact in recent history:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/08/empire-torture-kenya-catastrophe-europe

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October 9, 2012 at 3:14 am