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Women's Health: Readings On Social, Economic, And Political Issues

Author(s): Dawna M Thomas

Edition: 6

Copyright: 2017

Pages: 718

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The sixth edition of this book reflects changing perspectives and ongoing interests in women’s health in the 21st century. The collection of classic and new readings remains true to the book’s mission and philosophy by offering a historical context about women, their environment, and health needs. The book’s new collection of readings introduces readers to innovative approaches around women’s health and alternative methods for health care, addresses reasons why health inequalities persist, and supports women’s advocacy. The book represents an interdisciplinary perspective of women’s worldviews, understanding the differences between sex and gender, as well as how socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic differences play a role in why some women have better access to health resources, giving them better health outcomes compared to other women—even when they become ill. Great attention is made to emphasize racial justice, cross-cultural, and gender-oriented perspectives of topics. Together the collection of readings, chapter essay questions, and the resources listed at the back of the book were selected to cross borders and create bridges. They complement other courses across the humanities, science, and management.

One goal of the book is to encourage readers to think about how health ramifications related to poverty, ageism, racism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, fatphobia, violence, and disability impact women’s lives both as patients and as professionals in the health industry. Another goal is materials that inform and empower women so they may make better decisions about their health. This sixth edition includes:

  • Ten chapters and eighty-six readings—with over fifty new readings as well as classic readings that are important to understanding the history and progress of women’s health and the women’s health movements.
  • Traditional chapters that have been in all five editions. A redesign of previous chapters, and the addition of new chapters—Disability and Society; Menstruation and the Politics of Sex Education; Fertility, Childbirth, and Reproductive Justice; Aging, Ageism and Older Women’s Issues; and Politics of Disease and Approaches to Healthcare.
  • A history of the women’s health movements with both classic readings and the latest information, inspiring women to get involved in today’s movement.
  • A collection of women’s organizations, publications, and resources that provide scientific and culturally relevant information on women’s health needs.
  • Both classic and new articles from the National Women’s Health Network, which inspires readers to get involved in the women’s health movement.
  • Articles offer diverse perspectives and information on global women’s health, and on race, ethnicity, class, culture, and gender in the United States.
  • Highlights socio-cultural, political, and economic themes that impact women’s health and access to services.
  • Chapter essay questions to analyze and develop new inquiries regarding women’s health as well as to prepare for exams and essay papers.
  • An updated directory of women’s health websites.

Preface 
Acknowledgments 
Passing the Baton 
About the Author 
Introduction

Chapter 1: Women and the Healthcare System
Diagnosing Gender Disparities in Health Care by Andrea Irwin
History of the Women’s Health Movement in the 20th Century by Francine H. Nichols 
The Spiral of Women’s Health Activism by Amy Allina
The Making of Our Bodies Ourselves: How Feminism Travels across Borders by Kathy Davis
The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective and Our Bodies, Ourselves: A Brief History and Reflection by Judy Norsigian, Vilunya Diskin, Paula Doress-Worters, Jane Pincus, Wendy Sanford, and Norma Swenson 
The Gynecologic Exam and the Training of Medical Students: An Opportunity for Health Education by Judith Schmidt 
Cadavers, Dolls, and Prostitutes: Medical Pedagogy and the Pelvic Rehearsal by Terri Kapsalis
Spreading My Legs for Womankind by Molly Kenefick 
Balancing It All: Women and Medicine by Khendi White 
The Making of the “Women’s Physician” in American Obstetrics and Gynecology: Re-Forging an Occupational Identity and a Division of Labor by James R. Zetka, Jr. 
I’m Too Used To It: A Longitudinal Qualitative Study of Third Year Female Medical Students’ Experiences of Gendered Encounters in Medical Education by Palav Barbaria, Sakena Abedin, David Berg, and Marcella Nunez-Smith 
The Little Brown Woman: Gender Discrimination in American Medicine by Wasudha Bhatt 

Chapter 2: Inequalities and Health
Disparities in Health and Health Care: Five Key Questions and Answers by Petry Ubri and Samantha Artiga 
Systemic Racism and U.S. Health Care by Joe Feagin and Zinobia Bennefield
Differences in Beliefs About the Causes of Health Disparities in Black and White Nurses by Susan Roberts-Dobie, Elana Joram, Michele Devlin, DeAnn Ambroson, and Joyce Chen 
Health Disparities between Rural and Urban Women in Minnesota by Kim Tjaden 
Under the Shadow of Tuskegee: African American and Health Care by Vanessa Northington Gamble 
Families Emerge as Silent Victims of Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment by Carol Kaesuk Yoon 
Bodies Don’t Just Tell Stories, They Tell Histories: Embodiment of Historical Trauma among American Indians and Alaska Natives by Karina L. Walters, Selina A. Mohammed, Teresa Evans-Campbell, Ramona E. Beltrán, David H. Chae, and Bonnie Duran 
Barriers to Healthcare Among Asian Americans by Wooksoo Kim and Robert H. Keefe 
Women Finding the Way: American Indian Leading Intervention Research in Native Communities by Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, Josephine Chase, Jennifer Elkins, Jennifer Martin, Jennifer S. Nanez, and Jennifer J. Mootz 
Rumors and Realities: Making Sense of HIV/AIDs Conspiracy Narratives and Contemporary Legends by Jacob Heller 
Improving Nursing Care for Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Women by Patti Rager Zuzelo
Community Participation for Transformative Action on Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health by Cicely Marston, Rachael Hinton, Stuart Kean, Sushil Baral, Arti Ahuja, Anthony Costello, and Anayda Portela 
Cultural Humility versus Cultural Competence: A Critical Distinction in Defining Physician Training Outcomes in Multicultural Education by Melanie Tervalon and Jann Murray-García

Chapter 3: Sex, Gender Roles, and Image
Sexing the X: How the X Became the “Female Chromosome” by Sarah Richardson 
Transgender Youth: Providing Medical Treatment for a Misunderstood Population by Stephanie Brill and Jennifer Hastings
Trans Men’s Health is a “Women’s Health” Issue: Expanding the Boundaries of Sexual and Reproductive Health Care by Cameron Hartofeis and Anu Manchikanti Gomez 
Is Fat a Feminist Issue? Exploring the Gendered Nature of Weight Bias by Janna Fikkan and Esther Rothblum 
At the Intersection of Public Health and Fat Studies: Critical Perspectives on the Measurement of Body Size by Sonya Satinsky and Natalie Ingraham 
Consistently Inconsistent: A Review of the Literature on Eating Disorders and Body Image Among Women of Color by Christina M. Capodilupo and Jessica M. Forsyth 
Still Sucked into the Body Image Thing: The Impact of Anti-aging and Health Discourses on Women’s Gendered Identities by Claire Carter 

Chapter 4: Medicalization, Marketing, and the Politics of Information
How the Pill Became a Lifestyle Drug: The Pharmaceutical Industry and Birth Control in the United States Since 1960 by Elizabeth Siegel Watkins
Hormone Risk Throughout the Lifespan by Christina Cherel 
The Picture of Health: How Textbook Photographs Construct Health by Mariamne Whatley 
The Marketing and Politics Behind the Promotion of Female Sexual Dysfunction and its “Pink Viagra” by National Women’s Health Network 
The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles by Emily Martin

Chapter 5: Menstruation and the Politics of Sex Education
Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf: An Inclusive Sex Education Resource by Mary Morrissey, Marissa Knaak, and Dawna Marie Thomas 
The Use and Misuse of Pleasure in Sex Education Curricula by Sharon Lamb, Kara Lustig, and Kelly Graling 
To Be Seen and Not Heard: Femininity Ideology and Adolescent Girls’ Sexual Health by Emily A. Impett, Deborah Schooler, and Deborah L. Tolman
Exposed at Last: The Truth about Your Clitoris by Jennifer Johnson
Notes from the Back Room: Gender, Power, and (In)Visibility in Women’s Experiences of Masturbation by Breanne Fahs and Elena Frank
In Search of (Better) Sexual Pleasure: Female Genital ‘Cosmetic’ Surgery by Virginia Braun 
If Men Could Menstruate: A Political Fantasy by Gloria Steinem 
The Menstrual Mark: Menstruation as Social Stigma by Ingrid Johnston-Robledo and Joan C. Chrisler
Young Feminist: Riding the Crimson Wave by Ariela Schnyer
Scripting the Body: Pharmaceuticals and the (Re)making of Menstruation by Laura Mamo and Jennifer Ruth Fosket 
Menstrual Suppression by National Women’s Health Network 

Chapter 6: Disability and Society
A Cape Verdean Perspective on Disability: An Invisible Minority in New England by Dawna Marie Thomas 
Health Promotion for People With Disabilities: Implications for Empowering the Person and Promoting Disability-Friendly Environments by James H. Rimmer and Jennifer L. Rowland 
Mad Women or Mad Society: Towards a Feminist Practice with Women Survivors of Child Sexual Assault by Fiona Rummery 
Preventing Suicide Among Older Adult Asian Women by Cao K.O.
The Paradox of Powerlessness: Gender, Sex, and Power in 12-Step Groups by Sandra L. Herndon
A Case Study: “If They Had a Cure I Would Not Take It”: African American Women Living with HIV/AIDS by Donna Marie Cole

Chapter 7: Violence Against Women
Continuum of Family Violence by Alaska Department of Public Safety
Power and Control Wheel by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, Duluth
Medical Power and Control Wheel and Medical Advocacy Wheel by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, Kenosha
Equality Wheel by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, Duluth, MN 
Sexual Terrorism by Carole J. Sheffield 
Breaking the Silence by Megan Steffer 
The Relationship Between Rape Myths and Sexual Scripts: The Social Construction of Rape by Kathryn M. Ryan
Exploring the Challenges Faced by Latinas Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence by Judy L. Postmus, Sarah McMahon, Elithet Silva-Martinez, and Corinne D. Warrener
Ruling the Exceptions: Same-Sex Battering and Domestic Violence Theory by Gregory S. Merrill 
Women’s Use of Force: Complexities and Challenges of Taking the Issue Seriously by Nancy Worcester

Chapter 8: Fertility, Childbirth, and Reproductive Justice
Role of Stress in Low Birthweight Disparities Between Black and White Women: A Population-based Study by Shondra Loggins Clay and Flavia Cristina Drumond Andrade
Whose Bodies? Black Lives Matter and the Reproductive Justice Imperative by Sikivu Hutchinson
Latina Agenda for Reproductive Justice by Angela Hooton
Young Feminist: The Need for Different Voices: Revisiting Reproductive Justice, Health and Rights by Grace Adofoli
Provision of No-Cost, Long-Acting Contraception and Teenage Pregnancy by Gina M. Secura, Tessa Madden, Colleen McNicholas, Jennifer Mullersman, Christina M. Buckel, Qiuhong Zhao, and Jeffrey F. Peipert
Designer Babies and the Pro-Choice Movement by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow
A Call to Protect the Health of Women Who Donate Their Eggs by Judy Norsigian and Timothy R.B. Johnson 
Reproductive Justice and Childbearing Women by Rebecca Spence
Why Women Are Afraid of Giving Birth? by Kate Ryan

Chapter 9: Aging, Ageism, and Older Women’s Issues
Women and Aging: The Dreaded Old Woman Fights Back by Madge Sceriha
Mammography for Black Women: Why I Won’t Be Silent Anymore by Tracy A. Weitz
Reconceptualizing Successful Aging Among Black Women and the Relevance of the Strong Black Woman Archetype by Tamara A. Baker, NiCole T. Buchanan, Chivon A. Mingo, Rosalyn Roker, and Candace S. Brown
HIV/AIDS in Older Women: Unique Challenges, Unmet Needs by Ramani Durvasula
Women and Alzheimer’s Disease: A Global Epidemic by The Alzheimer’s Association
KEEPS on Keeping On by Adriane Fugh-Berman
Proactive Caregiving: Legal, Financial, and Emotional Supports for Family Caregivers by Jennifer L. Berger

Chapter 10: Politics of Disease and Alternative Approaches to Healthcare
Environmental Toxins Threaten Reproductive Health and Justice by Sara Alcid and Ansje Miller
Breast Cancer Risks & the Environment: So Much We Don’t Know by Rachel Walden
Spirituality and Mental Health among Homeless Mothers by David R. Hodge, Stephanie E. Moser, and Michael S. Shafer
Performing Spiritual Healing in the Here and Now: Botánicas and Holistic Health Care by Angela Casteñeda
Developing a Culturally Competent Faith-Based Framework to Promote Breast Cancer Screening Among Afghan Immigrant Women by Mehra Shirazi, Aida Shirazi, and Joan Bloom
Nurse-Curanderas: Las Que Curan at the Heart of Hispanic Culture by Elaine Luna

List of Resources

Index

Dawna M Thomas

Dawna Marie Thomas, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies Departments at Simmons College. She teaches a cross section of courses that relate to women, gender, race, culture, family violence, and health and disability. Dr. Thomas' research interests include health and disability policy, racial/ethnic and gender disparities in health, and family violence. Her study Understanding Disability in the Cape Verdean Community: An Analysis of Race and Disability in Massachusetts was the first research conducted on disability in the Cape Verdean Community. The latest study The Cape Verdean Women’s Project includes four generations of Cape Verdean women throughout New England where she explores their experiences with family life, marriage, domestic violence, healthcare and disability, and concepts of womanhood. Dr. Thomas remains committed to culturally relevant pedagogy that integrates theory and practice to reduce health care and disability service disparities. Most of all she is dedicated to a philosophy that empowers those who are marginalized in our society – women, women of color, and people with disabilities.

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