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.