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The ‘psycho ex’ trope: why is it so gendered?

Words by Stefanie Ferguson and Florence Reeves-White For centuries women have been called ‘hysterical’. From Salem to the Suffragettes, women’s feelings have been invalidated and ridiculed in the name of silencing them. The ‘psycho ex’ trope is repeatedly cemented in public discourse, with the bunny boiler in ‘Fatal Attraction’ providing an iconic example of how…