Laura Smith 81
Job description: Independent at
Areas of interest: Housing and homelessness – services for women with complex needs, Mental health and wellbeing, Employment and skills, Improving support for women involved in prostitution
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This is an interesting article written by someone working in a supported housing project for people with mental health conditions. It raises questions about gender, freedom and autonomy and whether clients are treated as active or passive agents.
"Approaches to behavioural choices can be very different. Sexual activity in women is often approached as a signifier of a deterioration in mental health. In one case a 9 p.m. curfew has been imposed in order to protect a client from engaging in 'risky' behaviour. Where relationships or friendships have a negative impact on both parties, for example where people have a tendency to encourage people to drink to excess, it is generally assumed to be the man driving this negative behaviour, the woman engaging purely as a passenger.""
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