In Post-Industrial Society, Women Are Either "Princess Crazy" Or Her HandmaidensJessica G.2/18/08 1:30pmFiled to: Prozac NationsDepressionLisa AppignanesiMelanie McGrathMental Illness76EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink How many times has a dude accused you of being "crazy" when you think you're being perfectly rational? Well there's a new book out by Paris-born writer Lisa Appignanesi, Mad, Bad and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800, which argues that women's so-called madness has been gerrymandered by shifting definitions that often equate craziness and "feminine" behavior. In a review of Mad, Bad and Sad, Telegraph scribe Melanie McGrath says that, "Our current expectations to be made, as one advocate of Prozac puts it, 'better than well', along with ever-expanding definitions of what constitutes mental illness, have served to turn us all, if not into Princesses of Crazy then into her handmaidens."ShareTweet Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.