Girl X: A Short Story

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Longer Stories

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Earlier this year, when writing some kind of memoir was still on my mind (I have since decided that if I do write a book, it will be a collection of essays, some fictional, some drawn from experience – I think that our current culture demands illustration and this is a lot more important than the story of my life), I … Read More

jenniferlreimerGirl X: A Short Story

“Triple Threat”: Many New Vintage Psychiatric Drug Ads Added to Gallery…

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Ads and Commercials, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Psychiatrists, Sociology of Medicine

Why stop one psych med that has bad side-effects when you can simply prescribe another? (sorry parents of wannabe child-stars, this has nothing to do with singing, acting, or dancing, unless you count tardive dyskenesia as a kind of dance performed by children drugged with Abilify, Olanzapine, Ritalin, and Dexedrine – to name a few…  ) Click on here to … Read More

jenniferlreimer“Triple Threat”: Many New Vintage Psychiatric Drug Ads Added to Gallery…

How To Live Forever (Dedicated to Mr. Dan Kooner)

jenniferlreimerEast Van, Feminism and Madness, Laughter = Survival, Mad Society, Transcend

I have told lots of different stories about life and society before, and I have used many different storytelling media, from essays to letters, and advertisements to artwork.  However, I am quite sure that I have never written a fable.  Has it taken me twenty-seven and one half years, and too many scars for me to keep count of, to … Read More

jenniferlreimerHow To Live Forever (Dedicated to Mr. Dan Kooner)

Things are Not that Black and White!: Racialization of Female Bodies and the Controversy Over the White and Black Pristiq Dolls

jenniferlreimerAds and Commercials, Feminism and Madness, Mad Society, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Other Survivors, Sociology of Medicine

Back in September of last year, I posted this when I was shocked to see that to market their “new” antidepressant Pristiq (after all it is only an isomer of Effexor – Effexor’s chemical name is venlafaxine, Pristiq’s is desvenlafaxine).  The original Pristiq television commercial showed a white doll – as we’re all probably familiar with – having to “wind … Read More

jenniferlreimerThings are Not that Black and White!: Racialization of Female Bodies and the Controversy Over the White and Black Pristiq Dolls

Losing my Mother and Grandmother; finding them in the magick garden.

jenniferlreimerOther Survivors, Poetry, Prose, Personal, The Garden, Transcend

Three Generations of Women in the Garden Until I was watering the magick garden today, and felt water and mud under my feet, I had never thought about the gardens of my mother and grandmother.  We lived in Winnipeg.  Winnipeg’s climate is painfully cold; actually, the highest population for a city that cold in the world.  Moscow has nothing on … Read More

jenniferlreimerLosing my Mother and Grandmother; finding them in the magick garden.

Women and Benzodiazepines (little pink pills!)

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Meds, Meds, Meds!

A man I once dated made several comments about benzodiazepines being a woman’s best friend.  In his experience, he had met many women who had been addicted to benzos or excited to get their hands on some without a prescription.  He claimed not to know of any men who had a similar obsession with benzos. Today I felt no need … Read More

jenniferlreimerWomen and Benzodiazepines (little pink pills!)

My “BFF” and I …(“though shalt not be honest?”)

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Poetry, Prose, Personal

I spoke about my newfound inability to be anything but brutally honest with the people around me, including (those who are supposed to be) my friends.  I have also written about my troubles with female friendships (pretty much exclusively with heterosexual women).  The combination was an “accident waiting to happen” – a car crash in the works.  It was fulfilled … Read More

jenniferlreimerMy “BFF” and I …(“though shalt not be honest?”)

Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath biographies, 2002

jenniferlreimerAcademic Work, Feminism and Madness, My Favourite Authors

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(Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath helped me survive that year of my graduation, 2002.  Before I decided to become a sociologist, I planned to study literature and poetry.) 15 March 2002 A poem is defined as a metrical composition concerned with feeling or imaginative description.  Women have most likely been writing poems since the very beginnings of time, in effort … Read More

jenniferlreimerAnne Sexton and Sylvia Plath biographies, 2002

She Must Be Crazy: Psychiatric Discourse, The “Personality Disorders”, and the Social Regulation of Subversive Women

jenniferlreimerAcademic Work, Longer Stories

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She Must Be Crazy: Psychiatric Discourse, The “Personality Disorders”, and the Social Regulation of Deviant Women “I have gone out, a possessed witch, haunting the black air, braver at night; dreaming evil, I have done my hitch over the plain houses, light by light: lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind. A woman like that is not a woman, quite. I … Read More

jenniferlreimerShe Must Be Crazy: Psychiatric Discourse, The “Personality Disorders”, and the Social Regulation of Subversive Women

A Sunny Friday Afternoon – perfect time for yet another psych. assessment…

jenniferlreimerBipolar, Psychiatrists

*Ouch*.  I squirm about in my GP’s chair, massaging my pelvic region shamelessly.  As stress builds at school and I wait for the call saying that I’m up next on the surgery list, my physical pain has grown much worse.  But that’s not the topic of this day’s appointment – no, this is for psych. assessment # 2598702357. My new … Read More

jenniferlreimerA Sunny Friday Afternoon – perfect time for yet another psych. assessment…

As if Serafem wasn’t enough…

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Meds, Meds, Meds!

Just heard on the news – substantial “traces” of fluoxetine (Prozac, also marketed as a drug for PMDD – premenstrual dysphoric disorder – under the name Serafem) can be found in many over the counter “weight loss” drugs marketed to women… I wonder how many of those drugs also have the letters “fem” inserted somewhere in the brand name. So … Read More

jenniferlreimerAs if Serafem wasn’t enough…

“Why Can’t We Just Get Along?”…a pessimistic reply.

jenniferlreimerEffexor: Evil?, Feminism and Madness

The reply from our Canadian hostess in Peru, with my comments/confusion italicized and bolded: Right. [scars], this is ridiculous. I am not going to play your game and go on with this foolish drama. I didn’t start any “foolish drama”…perhaps I escalated the situation by analyzing the situation and writing about it on this blog…but I don’t think I said … Read More

jenniferlreimer“Why Can’t We Just Get Along?”…a pessimistic reply.

“Borderline Personality Disorder” and the control of subversive women…

jenniferlreimerAcademia is Nuts!, Feminism and Madness

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Feminist theory concentrates on relations of power.  Men occupy the majority of positions of power, authorized to define objectified forms of knowledge, such as the criteria that determine illness.  When women act “difficult” because they are dissatisfied with their circumstances, the use of a medical diagnosis falsely indicative of individual pathology detracts attention from the “true” cause – the social ... Read More
jenniferlreimer“Borderline Personality Disorder” and the control of subversive women…