1975 May 19
Williams, Susan, 1950-
Seattle (Wash.) - Against the use of psychiatry to justify the economic and political subjugation of women by pathologizing deviant behavior such as lesbianism, career ambition or resentment of oppression. On the domestication of women in service of the capitalist hetero-patriarchy. Calling for a shift away from self-help, womens' groups and feminist therapy towards the collective socialist struggle.
New York (N.Y.) - Statement on the publicly perceived problem of "chronic mental patients." Taking issue with the New York Department of Mental Hygiene's harmful practices and facilities. Including type written note referring to the document as "a joint effort of Howie's and mine."
Boston, Mass. - Recounting the life and work of Elizabeth Stone, who became a pioneering anti-psychiatry advocate after being committed to the Charlestown McLean Asylum because her family disapprroved of her religious beliefs. Exploring Stone's analysis of the political nature of insane asylums, her challenge to medical authority and the label of "insanity" as a means of repression.
New York (N.Y.) - Network Against Psychiatric Oppression (N.A.P.O.) copy of a handout on the political analysis of 'mental illness,' analyzing statements from the European Network for an Alternative to Community Psychiatry and the North American Conference on Human Rights and Psychiatric Oppression. Criticizing the limitations of the 'Mental Patient' movement and its use of psychiatric terminology and individualism as ... more