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Woman and Gendered Emotions: Pragya Agarwal, Hysterical

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In this episode, I talk with Pragya Agarwal about her book, Hysterical: Exploding the myth of gendered emotions.

The experience of emotions is universally human, but our ability to display and act on them is heavily gendered. Pragya examines the impact this has on women - and men - including the role it has played in the subjugation of women throughout history, and how a future where emotions are ungendered might look.

Some topics of discussion include:

  1. Where the myth of gendered emotions comes from
  2. Witches… a prime example of emotional norm enforcement
  3. The psychological toll moderating emotions - and emotional labour - takes
  4. How these myths undermine women in politics, healthcare, jury trials and more
  5. Pragya’s vision of an emotional utopia, and how we can get there

And more!


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