BORDERLINE PERSONALITY D I S O R D E R A N D WO M E N Emily VandeKieft
WHAT IS BPD?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy2XU1adHZI BPD is defined by the DSM as a pervasive pattern ofinstability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, andmarked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in avariety of contexts.
BPD AND WOMEN Cultural feminist perspective 75% of diagnoses are women; women are three times more likelyto be diagnosed with BPD than men Symptoms of BPD mimic, and subsequently uphold, commongender stereotypes about women. BPD is stigmatized by both society and medical staff, creating adouble bind for women with the disorder.
MEDIA ANALYSIS Brandon Marshall‟s PSA, although doing good by raising BPDawareness, still leaves the needs of women with BPD undervaluedand unrecognized. Women wrestle not only with their mental health, but also genderstereotypes and the stigma surrounding BPD. Women have a multi-faceted gendered experience with BPD that men, like BrandonMarshall, do not.
THE EFFECT OF BODYIMAGE ON MENTAL HEALTH Women and girls are much more likely to develop eating disorders in factonly 5-15% of cases of eating disorders involve men. In a Study done by the American Academy of Pediatrics on a group of 5485th to 12th grade girls, 47% of girls said they wanted to lose weight because ofimages they saw in fashion magazines. The British Medical Association said that the epidemic of waif-like modelsis fueling an epidemic of anorexia and bulimia. “Many Current Models meetthe weight criteria for anorexia.”(Crawford, p. 67, 2012)
ROSIE‟S CHARACTERSPEECH ON BEAUTIFUL GIRLS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Fbwsh9Iw_w
MENTAL BURDEN ON WOMEN “By far, the majority of gender construction in contemporary industrialized cultures takesplace through women‟s appearance.”(Crawford, p. 34, 2012) In my Movie Clip Rosie‟s character is burden with the responsibility to explain theunattainable , fake beauty of the images that her guy friends are judging regular women by. Because Rosie is not stereotypically beautiful you can hear her mental stress and torment shefeels by the portrayals of women in magazines and media Fashion Magazines have been proven to fuel eating disorders In a study done at an eating disorder clinic, 28 women were studied, there was a strongcorrelation between exacerbation of and onset of there eating disorders due to reading andidolization of women in fashion magazines.
SELF-OBJECTIFICATION AND EATING DISORDERS Self-Objectification causes women and girls mental tasks to be very divided. In eating disorders self-surveillance takes up the majority of women‟s time,monitoring food intake, what she is eating, controlling her hunger, keeping herdisorder secret and worrying about how she looks. Often times women take on eating disorders because of social comparisonprocess and the low self –esteem it produces. Rosie however, exposes the lie‟s behind the idealized standards of beautyproduced by the media as completely unnatural and not the norm.
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C U LT U R A L F E M I N I S M PERSPECTIVEhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_GZ9FByseo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmByQkq1xNI“Precious” Mirror Scene “Precious” Daydream VS. Reality
WOMANISM Difference between men and women emphasized • Male irresponsibility has no consequences • Woman „bears the load‟ in life • Mother is jealous instead of protecting child‟s sexuality Qualities and characteristics of women that are devalued, butshould be honored and respected socially • Size, color of skin, pregnancy, youth, mother of disabled child, youth, education, female sex, lesbians
WOMANISM Views such as nurturing is feminine is a gender issue so deeplyrooted to females that it is unlikely to ever change • Mother as stable, nurturing, supportive and protector to young children (and grandchildren) • Compare to great-grandmother • Common drug use of mothers and consequences • Lesbians are maternal, relating, wealthy, educated secure relationship Understanding importance of unpaid work contributed by women • Chores vice slavery (and laziness of mothers)
HISTORICALLY Women seen as mad, feeble minded, hysterical, and immoral. Romanticism gave way to the idea that women may not just be“mad,” but that mental illness may be scientific. Romanticism also brought about a change in feminine ideals. “Insane Woman” by Theodore Gericault from Salpêtrière (1822)
MODERN DI AGNOSI S AND RESEARCH Women withheld information regarding diagnosis. Treatment and research effected by biases.
MEDIA ANALYSIS Girl Interrupted (1999) http://movies.netflix.com/WiPlayer?movieid=60000428&trkid=8379860&pt_request_id=ce6079ac-2778-43d7-8c33-a700dd21ac6d-4183877&pt_rank=0&pt_row=0&pt_location=WATCHNOW