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If you are a woman and you are a writer, you are not allowed to be angry.
If you feel angry about something and write with high feeling, you may be described, as a former agent once described a piece of my writing, as 'hysterical.'
She did not mean - 'very funny'.
Hysteria: extreme fear, excitement, anger, etc. that cannot be controlled.
- an old-fashioned term for a psychological disorder characterized by conversion of psychological stress into physical symptoms (somatization) or a change in self-awareness (such as a fugue state or selective amnesia).
- "characteristic of hysteria," from Latin hystericus "of the womb," from Greek hysterikos "of the womb, suffering in the womb," from hystera "womb
Hysteria was a psychological affliction presenting exclusively in women during a period of greater individual freedom and migration in the Victorian era in the United Kingdom with a developing urban industrial economy...
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