“It’s a whole lot easier to emotionally manipulate someone who has been conditioned by our society to accept it. We continue to burden women because they don’t refuse our burdens as easily.”
This is an incredibly interesting article about the concept of “gas-lighting”, a mode of gendered behaviour where women are constantly put down and demeaned, labeled crazy or irrational. Whilst reading this article, I found myself relating to many of the issues the author highlighted. In past relationships especially, sly comments such as “You’re just so sensitive… and I know it’s because you care” made me feel uneasy and unhinged. Qualities such as rationality and objectiveness are deemed not only as primarily ‘masculine’ but also good and essential in order to move forward in life. Emotion is often disregarded as excessive and dangerous. I really feel that the author of this article has managed to capture this issue perfectly and I am so relieved his argument can finally be addressed and discussed.