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How do you picture her? Unkempt hair, dressing gown and slippers, living alone, rarely leaving the house? In fact, the story was fiction on a satirical website, but people bought it Cat woman single shared the story thinking it was real. The crazy cat lady is a common, recognisable trope in contemporary culture: think of Eleanor Abernathy in The Simpsons.

After a promising career in medicine and law, she experiences burnout, starts drinking and gets a cat. The end! You can even buy a Crazy Cat Lady action figure onlinecomplete with deranged, staring eyes.

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Even before witch-hunts, cats had a bad rep in the western world — with associations with heretical sects and the devil. Although, in recent pop culture, cat lady has evolved into shorthand for a lonely, sad, sexless woman. The earliest cat ladies in the west were, of course, witches. In Malleus Maleficarumthe landmark medieval treatise on witchcraft, a 13th-century folk story is recounted, whereby three witches turned themselves into cats, attacked a man on the street and accused him Cat woman single assault in court, showing the marks on their bodies. From then on, witches were believed to have cats as familiars, or to change into felines at night.

Why would cats get such a satanic rep?

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We can only guess. Cats are mysterious. They come and go. Unlike dogs, they refuse to obey and be domesticated. The Ancient Egyptians worshipped Bastet, a woman with a head of a cat. Although the Bible does not specifically mention cats, early Christian pilgrims were highly suspicious of other religions, and they deemed the black cat to be so demonic that being seen with one could be punishable by death. In the s, anti-suffragette propaganda used images of cats to portray women as silly, useless, catty and ridiculous in their attempt to enter political life.

Eleanor Abernathy, for example, has cats dripping off her: she is, essentially, portrayed as a mentally ill, alcoholic, compulsive hoarder. There may be some truth in the idea that animal hoarding is more common in women. A study in Brazil found that, while generalised hoarding disorder affects men and women equally, nearly three-quarters of animal hoarders were women. Cat woman singlethe Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders classifies compulsive hoarding as a psychiatric disorder, with animal hoarding as a subtype.

Another recent theory is to do with a parasite called toxoplasma gondii. This tiny critter infects rats and mice and changes their behaviour by, scientists believe, creating an attraction to cat urine, so it can wind up in the stomach of a cat, where it reproduces. The Cat woman single contains an enzyme that creates dopamine, which is associated with risky and impulsive behaviour, among other things, but so far the data is inconclusive. But, really, the concept of the crazy cat lady tells us more about societal perceptions of women than anything else.

It has long been a pejorative term and a device for transferring shame and judgment on women who challenged traditional roles, or Cat woman single hard to domesticate and keep in line. But millennial ailurophiles have had enough. Over the last few years, there have been multivalent efforts to debunk the crazy cat lady stereotype and project a positive view of women and their cats. Pussy is striking back. In the memorable short story Cat PersonKristen Roupenian inverts the cat lady trope by giving her male protagonist, Robert, a couple of pet cats.

But there is something sinister going on. Margot never sees the cats, and wonders if Robert has lied about them. So what is it about pretending to have cats that might endear Margot to him in a sexual setting? Is he using his cats to lure her in? But perhaps the moment the crazy cat lady motif truly jumped the shark was with the song Buttload of Cats on an episode of the television series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend earlier this year.

The song made a mockery of the hysteria projected on women who own cats. So is Cat woman single notion of the crazy cat lady over?

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Wills believes there is still work to be done to change perceptions, but she hopes that her photography project will help. Claws out! Why pop culture clings to the crazy cat lady. For years, women with cats have been portrayed as lonely, sexless and eccentric — but why does this stereotype endure? And can millennial ailurophiles reclaim the purr-jorative? Photograph: Sky TV. Lucy Jones. Mon 16 Apr Reuse this content.

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Claws out! Why pop culture clings to the crazy cat lady