The Sun reports that a new fitness trend is sweeping the UK in which women scream, pop balloons, hit things with sticks and throw temper tantrums.
Tantrum Club classes are designed for the modern hysterical woman. Hysterical women are urged to yell as loudly as they can, jump up and down on rolls of bubble wrap, and write their most hysterical thoughts on balloons – before popping them.
Female hysteria was a once-common medical diagnosis, reserved exclusively for women. Its diagnosis and treatment were routine for many hundreds of years in Western Europe but the concept of female hysteria was abandoned in the mid-twentieth century under pressure from hysterical women who considered it sexist. We now know, however, that like much abandoned knowledge, the concept of female hysteria is valid and useful.
The creators Tantrum Club explain: “We are a bunch of women who believe that we operate differently to men when it comes to emotions.”
“Emotions just arrive and if you ignore them or suppress them, you kill off pieces of yourself in each moment you choose to rationalise an emotion.”
While Tantrum Club is not an effective cure for hysteria, it does provide an environment where women can engage in hysterical behaviour among fellow hysterical women.