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Hippocrates

Hippocrates of Cos (Greek: Ἱπποκράτης c. 460 – c. 370 BC), was a Greek physician of the Age of Pericles (Classical Greece), and is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. He is referred to as the father of western medicine in recognition of his lasting contributions to the field as the founder of the Hippocratic School of Medicine. This intellectual school revolutionized medicine in ancient Greece, establishing it as a discipline distinct from other fields that it had traditionally been associated with theurgy and philosophy, thus establishing medicine as a profession. However, the achievements of the writers of the Corpus, the practitioners of Hippocratic medicine, and the actions of Hippocrates himself were often commingled; thus very little is known about what Hippocrates actually thought, wrote, and did. Hippocrates is commonly portrayed as the paragon of the ancient physician, credited with coining the Hippocratic Oath, still relevant and in use today. He is also credited with greatly advancing the systematic study of clinical medicine, summing up the medical knowledge of previous schools, and prescribing practices for physicians through the Hippocratic Corpus and other works.

Once intercourse has begun, she experiences pleasure throughout the whole time, until the man ejaculates… her pleasure terminates along with that of the man. What happens is like this: if into boiling water you pour another quantity of water which is cold, the water stops boiling. In the same way, the man’s sperm arriving in the womb extinguishes both the heat and the pleasure of the woman.
—  Hippcratic Corpus, “The Seed”, teaching you all you need to know.

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A History Lesson

I’m a little late to the party on this, but I figured out the biggest issue I had with Guillory’s tweet.

She called it “Hiddlesteria” which really fucking bothers me.

The Greek word “hystera” translates to “uterus” (hence “hysterectomy”, or “removing the uterus”, more on that later).
For centuries upon centuries, the term “hysteria”, more specifically, “female hysteria”, was an actual medical condition (no longer recognized as such).
You can all thank Hippocrates for the “Hippocratic corpus”, which pretty much meant your uterus moved around your body when you lacked fluids (“wandering womb”).
Intercourse and pregnancy were considered cures.

Female hysteria was categorized by a number of physical ailments, including sexual desire and a “tendency to cause trouble”.
But it was solely in women, or so medical professionals claimed.
Due, as far as anyone was concerned, to the presence of the uterus.
In fact, in extreme cases, women were thrown in to asylums and forced to have hysterectomies as a way to cure their sickness.

The colloquial use of “hysteria” stems from this, as it characterizes “unmanageable emotional excess”.
True, it encompasses humanity as a whole, but typically speaking, it’s used, even now, towards the female sex.
“Don’t get hysterical,” an emotional woman may be told.

Or, in the case of the tweet, these young girls suffered “Hiddlesteria”, which we can deduce to mean “Unmanageable emotional excess, caused by Tom Hiddleston”.

This.
Is my problem.

Knowing “hysteria” comes from the Greek word for uterus, it suggests a demonization of the female reproductive organ; these problems are because you have a uterus. Telling people a group of girls have “Hiddlesteria” only vilifies these young women for their biological sex, and their attraction to Tom.

If that isn’t internalized misogyny, I don’t know what is.


By all means, I welcome opinions.


Tagging a few who may be interested:
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