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Link: Medicalising female sexuality

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There was a nice piece in the Guardian recently talking about the ongoing project to medicalise, medicate and control female sexuality. A short and easy read that touches on the main problems, though more depth would be nice:
Invasion of the marauding nymphomaniacs

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June 2, 2013 at 7:19 pm

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

Link: Myths in psychology

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Every psychology student knows the stories of Phineas Gage and Kitty Genovese. Or rather, every psychology student thinks they know these stories. Actually, the standard versions of the stories are myths, that have been repeatedly debunked but which persist, because the mythical version is more attention grabbing, gives a simpler take home message, and talks to psychology’s power to identify and address real world problems. There’s a nice article here that yet again tries to debunk the myths, emphasising the need to think critically about claims in psychology:

http://www.apa.org/gradpsych/2012/09/tall-tales.aspx

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September 17, 2012 at 4:53 am

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Link: fraud in psychology

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There are many reasons to be cautious in consuming psychological research. This is perhaps the most egregious:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/sep/13/scientific-research-fraud-bad-practice

Nothing new really, psychology has learnt little from the Cyril Burt case

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September 17, 2012 at 4:34 am

Gendered therapy

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Nice example of how psychological diagnosis and treatment has been used to reinforce and impose stereotypical behaviour:

Advances in the History of Psychology

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January 2, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Gender and social construction

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Nice piece by Sarah Ditum on gender as a social construct, but also as a part of our “grammar of identity” that can’t be dismissed as unimportant:

http://sarahditum.com/2011/12/29/thats-no-social-construct-thats-my-wife/

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December 29, 2011 at 3:03 am