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Misogyny on the couch: why it’s time to let psychoanalysis into politics

From the decline of the NHS to the election of Donald Trump, insights from analysis can help us understand our fragile political times

By Susie Orbach  

Mary Beard, the renowned classicist, said as she lectured on Women and Power last year that on hearing a woman pilot’s voice through the airplane’s PA system, she did a double take. At first, she wondered why the cabin staff were making such an important announcement. She talked of thinking of Professors and Pilots as male, despite she herself being a professor. It reminded me of the 1970s riddle: a father and son are in a horrible car crash that kills the dad. The son is rushed to the hospital with a…

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