Although many of us like to posit Sigmund Freud as the most offensively sexist social “scientist,” many who came before him proposed theories perhaps even more cringeworthy than penis envy. In fact, the term “hysteria” originated because Hippocrates was attempting to correlate nervous disorders with having a restless and sexually frustrated uterus. Although these theories influenced perceptions of female sexuality throughout history, they’re nothing short of hysterical
today. In a celebratory nod to changed perceptions, eighteen women will be displaying work that redefines hysteria from a female perspective at Athen B. Gallery (1525 Webster St., Oakland) through September 2. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, August 13, at 7 p.m. The show is curated by Rachel Ralph — former curator of the recently shuttered Fecal Face Gallery in San Francisco’s Mission district — and is titled in reference to the 96% of space in modern art institutions that is typically taken up by male artists.