Top, photograph by Scout Parré-Phillips, from the series Impressions, 2011. Bottom, photograph by Gunter Ranbow of the performance by Valie Export, Body Sign Action, 1970, in which the artist had a garter tattooed on her thigh. See also.
A 2001 study called “The Girl Who Cried Pain” tries to make sense of the fact that men are more likely than women to be given medication when they report pain to their doctors. Women are more likely to be given sedatives. The study makes visible a disturbing set of assumptions: It’s not just that women are prone to hurting—a pain that never goes away—but also that they’re prone to making it up. The report finds that despite evidence that “women are biologically more sensitive to pain than men … [their] pain reports are taken less seriously.” Less seriously meaning, more specifically, “they are more likely to have their pain reports discounted as ‘emotional’ or ‘psychogenic’ and, therefore, ‘not real.’ ”
Leslie Jameson, from Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain, for VQR - A National Journal of Literature and Discussion, in the Spring 2014 issue. Via.
See also, Cannot feel pain — sweats minimally.