The Current state of the British Psychiatric Establishment.
These images from the series 'The current state of the British psychiatric
establishment’, investigate the control of women by the psychiatric
establishment, originating in the colonial era.
As you step into the private consultation room of a modern day profitable family
psychiatrist’s practice - the chairs uncomfortable, the bed/couch hard, dirty and
heavily used – you are catapulted back to the mid 19th century.
The patriarchal culture of the 19th century shaped and developed the field of
human psychology. It established an enduring association between female
psychology and insanity. Women find themselves punitively labeled, and further,
abused or controlled, in line with Freud’s belief that female "patients" who
claimed to have been abused were merely fantasizing.
It is a shame that within our system today, many women are finding the same labels being applied.
It is not just the archaic aesthetic of the environment that is saddening, but its
suggestion of the archaic and dogmatic approach towards women, race and class - a
Darwinistic bent and fatalistic hereditarianism - that persists in the attitudes and
diagnoses of today’s psychiatrists.
Women demanded rights then, they demand it now.