A Stern look at domesticity and mental hHealth: How Edith M. Stern pioneered the public access to these ideas
LE3 .A278 2016
Bachelor of Arts
History & Classics
This thesis focuses on the writings of Edith M. Stern and her analysis of Sexual Freedom, Domesticity, and Mental Health. This thesis focuses particularly on her books Men Are Clumsy Lovers, Mental Illness: A Guide for the Family, The Attendant’s Guide, The Mental Hospital: A guide for the citizen, and her article “Women are Household Slaves”. Stern’s importance in the realms of both Women’s Liberation and Mental Health has been left out of the historical narratives on the Women’s and Mental Health Movement. This thesis demonstrates that Stern was a popularizer of these ideas and brought them to the forefront of the public consciousness, addressing topics, especially within the mental health realm, that had rarely been presented to the public in an accesible mannor.
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