By Taylor Rhodes
American Horror Story Asylum’s second episode expanded on the two major topics identified in the first episode: sexuality and religion vs. science. Two more were added: the role of women in religion and psychiatry and the use of mental health treatment as punishment. There was an exorcism, a murder and lots of abuse heaped on both patients and doctors. These big topics are going to reappear throughout the show, so I’m going to focus on one-sexuality. In particular, the characters of Lana and Dr. Arden.
Hello! Since this is the first Mind Over Pop Culture blog entry, I’d like to start by introducing myself. My name is Taylor Rhodes, and I’ve been a staff member here at Mental Health America for almost four years. I have a degree in psychology from The George Washington University, with a minor in English literature. I’m also a pop culture junkie who watches way too much TV and way too many movies. All of this makes me uniquely qualified to discuss the intersection of mental health and pop culture, both good and bad. This column is the first of an ongoing series, and we’re going to start with the new season of American Horror Story, subtitled Asylum.