“Crazy” is such a convenient word for men, perpetuating a sense of superiority. Men are logical; women are emotional. Emotion is the antithesis of logic.
When women are too emotional, we say they are being irrational. Crazy. Wrong.
Women hear it all the time from men. “You’re overreacting,” they tell women. “Don’t worry about it so much, you’re over-thinking it.” “Don’t be so sensitive.” “Don’t be crazy.”
It’s a form of gas-lighting — telling women that their feelings are just wrong, that they don’t have the right to feel the way that they do.
Minimizing somebody else’ feelings is a way of controlling them. If they no longer trust their own feelings and instincts, they come to rely on someone else to tell them how they’re supposed to feel.
“Crazy” is one of the five deadly words guys use to shame women into compliance. The others: Fat. Ugly. Slutty. Bitchy.
They sum up the supposedly worst things a woman can be.
What men really mean by “crazy” is: “She was upset, and I didn’t want her to be.”
More often than not, I suspect, most men don’t realize what they’re saying when they call a woman crazy.
Not only does it stigmatize people who have legitimate mental health issues, but it tells women that they don’t understand their own emotions, that their very real concerns and issues are secondary to men’s comfort.
And it absolves men from having to take responsibility for how we make others feel.
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