This comes from a strange conversation on the Manly Guys comments section.
People were referring to the past comic which lampooned SuckerPunch. Essentially, the Commander takes a bunch of Big Daddies looking for work up to the SuckerPunch asylum to help keep the girls in place. The Commander makes a comment that the hawtness of a woman is relative to her insanity (that is, the hotter a girl looks, the more insane she’s likely to be).
So someone posted this link in that discussion – LINKY
I was interested in where this sudden introduction into a term usually used to refer to intentional mental brainwashing as a term now meaning emotional abuse was coming from. On the APA boards, I talked with a few people about Dr. Robin Stern. I also went out and chatted on other people’s blogs about it. That’s when I encountered the femnazis who verbally attacked me and stalked me on the Internet. Here’s what a friend of mine concludes (although I helped him formulate the idea):
“There’s a current discussion going on among members of the APA about the present introduction of Dr. Robin Stern using the word gaslighting recently to define what is normally referred to as self-awareness degregation and ambient abuse. She literally hijacked a word that was more frequently used to describe a form of intentional brainwashing. Cults use gaslighting, for instance.
“Right now, her pro-feminist tone seems to have sparked this debate. She’s got fans running around claiming that “gaslighting” can only exist in one direction – male-to-female. Which is incorrect. I do believe a colleague of mine (from the APA forums) asked Dr. Stern if she could elaborate so we can see it going both ways. She seemed like she was going to comment on it happening to either gender, and then she went on to say, “Gaslighting is usually the tactic of men on women, and rarely happens the other way.” Even though we have evidence it happens from to woman-to-man more commonly than she justifies it.
“I usually don’t get into deep debates about psychological abuse, because the problem with modern psychology and topics seems to be 10 years behind the curve with no consideration of all stimuli and environment – including the Internet. But this has suddenly interested me, because I have now been trolled by four or five feminists on the Internet telling me that Dr. Stern is the absolute authority, and women cannot gaslight men (because it’s a male dominated world blah blah).
“Sort version – LOL at Dr. Stern, thanks for giving behavioral extremists another false idea to latch onto so they can continue being “victims” of society. Not like we don’t have enough problems with finger-pointing.”