Tamara Taggart x Madame Premier Hysterical Woman Charitable Tote Bag
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The Tamara Taggart x Madame Premier Hysterical Woman Collection takes back the word hysterical from those that use it again women.
Tamara Taggart is a highly respected mother, advocate and journalist from Vancouver, British Columbia. A veteran broadcaster known by all British Columbians, Madame Premier is delighted to partner with her in their newest capsule collection with 30% of the net proceeds from each tote sold now through May 2021 benefit Vancouver's Batter Women's Support Services.
hysterical, hysteric or hysteria
Originates from the Greek word hystera – the womb.
It was originally used in the 1800s to describe a neurotic condition that is caused by the dysfunction of the uterus. Its meaning changed with the centuries to “unhealthy emotions or excitement”.
In the 19th and 20th century a way to heal a woman from her hysteria was through a clitoridectomy. A clitoridectomy is the removal of the clitoris.
Until the 1950s doctors used “hysteria” to describe multiple mental health issues, though it’s a term exclusively used for women. Imagine: You go to see your doctor because you don’t feel well. Instead of giving you a diagnosis, he/she calls you “hysterical” and sends you home without proper treatment.
Today people mainly use it to describe women, who cannot control themselves or are too emotional (because, you know...women have a uterus).
Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) provides education, advocacy, and support services to assist all women in its aim to work towards the elimination of violence and to work from a feminist perspective that promotes equality for all women.