The Maudsley Hospital Building

The Maudsley Philosophy Group

Addressing conceptual / philosophical issues central to psychiatry

Our activity consists of projects to bring high quality clinical and research psychiatry into contact with high quality philosophy.

We aim to help clarify psychiatric research and practice, improve the contact philosophy has with psychiatry and educate the public about the philosophical aspects of psychiatry.

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Seminar: Looking back in Psychiatry and Post-Feminism: Female Sexual Dysfunction and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuals

The next Maudsley Philosophy Group seminar will take place on Thursday 11 June 2015 at 6.00 pm at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. Abstract: A talk reflecting on an increasing convergence between feminist critiques of the American Psychiatric Association's classification of sexual problems in women in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manuals (DSM), and recent changes within the DSM itself. Both have tended towards a naturalisation of low desire in women. I will draw out what these phenomena, and the emphasis in the manual on female sexuality as responsive, might tell us about a contemporary grappling with unconscious symptoms in the history of psychiatry, as well as with anxieties about post-feminism and a 'sexualisation' of culture.