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Do We Fear Women?

The dictionary definition of gynephobia is "the abnormal fear of women." Is there a normal fear of women? How would that be expressed? This seminar will examine evidence that such a fear exists and look at cultural institutions that might support it. Feminist thought links social organization of parenting to sexual inequality and a fear of women. Are there other explanations? We will use psychoanalytic understanding to explore possible sources for a fear of women.

Saturday, April 19,2014 10:00 - 11:30 am*

Lynn Perlman, Ph.D., Cert. Psya., is Dean of Graduate Studies at BGSP, where she is a supervising and training analyst. She has a long standing interest in using psychoanalysis to understand conflicts that men and women experience relating to women, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.

1.5 CE Credits

No Charge

Participants will be able to:

1. Identify behaviors in history that indicate a fear of women.
2. Discuss an intrapsychic explanation for a fear of women.
3. Describe the connection between death and a fear of women.


*For those interested there will be an informational Open House after the event at 11:45 am.