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Complaints & Disorders [Complaints and Disorders]: The Sexual Politics of Sickness

Complaints & Disorders [Complaints and Disorders]: The Sexual Politics of Sickness

by Barbara Ehrenreich, Deirdre English
     
 

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From prescribing the "rest cure" to diagnosing hysteria, the medical profession has consistently treated women as weak and pathological. Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English's concise history of the sexual politics of medical practices shows how this biomedical rationale was used to justify sex discrimination throughout the culture, and how its vestiges are

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From prescribing the "rest cure" to diagnosing hysteria, the medical profession has consistently treated women as weak and pathological. Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English's concise history of the sexual politics of medical practices shows how this biomedical rationale was used to justify sex discrimination throughout the culture, and how its vestiges are evident in abortion policy and other reproductive rights struggles today.

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"In this follow-up to Witches, Midwives, and Nurses, Barbara Ehrenrich and Deidre English look at the evolution of the medical view of the female sex and how it has been used to reinforce the social view of women. Beginning in the late 19th century, the fact of women's inferiority was "proven" through medical science. Today, the medical establishment still serves to give "scientific" justifications for the sexist values of our society. The point here is that medicine is not an objective, unbiased science; rather, it reflects and supports the prevailing social attitudes. In their quest for better healthcare, women need to address not only access to care, but also the prejudices which affect that care."
—from The WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women; review by FGP
WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women
In this follow-up to Witches, Midwives, and Nurses, Barbara Ehrenrich and Deirdre English look at the evolution of the medical view of the female sexand how it has been used to reinforce the social view of women. Beginning in the late 19th century, the fact of women's inferiority was "proven" through medical science. Today, the medical establishment still serves to give "scientific" justifications for the sexist values of our society. The point here is that medicine is not an objective, women need to address not only access to care, but also the prejudices which affect that care.
—FGP

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558616950
Publisher:
Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date:
08/02/2011
Series:
Contemporary Classics Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
1,226,547
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Ehrenreich is author of the 2002 New York Times bestseller Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. She has written nearly twenty books, and has been a columnist for Time magazine and the New York Times. She has contributed to The Progressive, Harpers, The Atlantic Monthly, Ms., The New Republic, Z Magazine, In These Times, and Salon.com.

Deirdre English is the former editor of Mother Jones magazine. She has written for the Nation, New York Times Book Review, San Francisco Magazine, S.F. Chronicle Sunday Magazine, Vogue, and public radio and television. Currently, English is a professor at University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

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